Broadway star Melissa Errico and New Yorker essayist and lyricist Adam Gopnik join us for the May 2021 edition of Rendez-Vous LIVE, a virtual reimagining of FIAF’s popular monthly meet-up event for members.
The duo will discuss the inspiration behind their recent collaborations for FIAF: the three-concert series, ll Parle, Elle Chante — Love, Desire & Mystery and the CinéSalon series, Out of the Dark: The Mystery of Film Noir.
Together, they will illuminate their process, delve into the art of song writing, and share their culture discoveries and insights from this artistic journey.
40 minutes with Q&A
Concert: Il Parle, Elle Chante — Love, Desire & Mystery
Melissa Errico and Adam Gopnik present a trio of concerts that delve into every aspect of the great French obsession: l’amour fou, or crazy, overpowering, all-consuming love.
Love and Desire are available to watch on demand. Mystery will receive its world premiere on Thursday, May 6, 2021 at 7pm ET at FIAF’s Florence Gould Hall in front of a live audience. The concert will also be available to stream virtually.Learn More
CinéSalon Series: Out of the Dark: The Mystery of Film Noir
Incorporating both French and American examples—and some that involve French filmmakers who immigrated to America—this film series curated by Melissa Errico and Adam Gopnik explores the many sides of the ‘noir’ vision in cinema. A special attention is paid to the Franco-American dialogue at its core. , Each film will be prefaced by an introduction by Gopnik or Errico created exclusively for FIAF.
Running weekly from May 4 to July 5, 2021, films will be screened in person at FIAF’s Florence Gould Hall. Certain films will also be available to stream virtually.Learn More
“The Maria Callas of American musical theater,” as Opera News has called her, referencing both her silken voice and dramatic, expressive intensity, Melissa Errico is an actress, singer, and author.
First known for her starring roles on Broadway, her latest album Sondheim Sublime was called by The Wall Street Journal “The best all-Sondheim album ever recorded.”
Nothing in her work has been more constant than her association with Michel Legrand. Having starred in his sole Broadway show, Amour, she was asked to write his eulogy by The New York Times—where she is a frequent contributor—and was then invited to become the sole American performer to participate in the extraordinary two-day memorial to Legrand held in April at Paris’s Le Grand Rex Theatre, work that led one critic to announce that, “Errico is, and will continue to be, the premier interpreter of the musical legacy of Michel Legrand.” This fall 2019, Ghostlight Records reissues her symphonic album, which Legrand arranged & conducted, as Legrand Affair Deluxe Edition.
Errico previously collaborated with FIAF in 2019, curating the popular CinéSalon series Summer of Michel Legrand that honored the great French composer.
Adam Gopnik is an American writer, essayist, journalist, and commentator. He has been a staff writer for The New Yorker since 1986, writing non-fiction, fiction, memoir, and criticism.
Gopnik is a three-time winner of the National Magazine Award for Essays and for Criticism and of the George Polk Award for Magazine Reporting.
In March 2013, Gopnik was awarded the medal of Chevalier de l’Ordre des Arts et des Lettres by the French Republic.
Gopnik’s newest book, A Thousand Small Sanities: The Moral Adventure of Liberalism, was released in Spring 2019.