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Production and Rehearsal Photos
Synopsis (PDF)
Libretto for La Couronne de Fleurs (PDF)
Libretto for La Descente d’Orphée aux Enfers (PDF)
Watch an excerpt from the 2008 Chamber Opera, Charpentier's Actéon
Watch an excerpt from the 2010 Chamber Opera dress rehearsal

BEMF Chamber Opera Series presents Orphée. Photo by André Costantini

Saturday, November 26, 2011 at 8pm
Sunday, November 27, 2011 at 3pm

New England Conservatory's Jordan Hall, Boston

BEMF dedicates these performances to Montserrat Figueras.

Be there for the can’t-miss event of Boston’s concert season in this Boston Early Music Festival year of triumphant returns, as BEMF turns again to Marc-Antoine Charpentier for its fourth annual Chamber Opera Series production. Charpentier, the composer of Actéon in BEMF’s first presentation of chamber operas in 2008, is the creator of both works in this year’s double bill exploring the transcendental power of music.

Production Photos by André Costantini.

The tragic La Descente d’Orphée aux Enfers tells the famous story of Orphée who decends into the underworld to rescue his beloved Euridice using his musical charms. La Couronne de Fleurs, based on a text by Molière, depicts a musical contest in tribute to Louis XIV as shepherds vie for a crown of flowers from the goddess Flora for the most beautiful and eloquent aria. These miniature masterpieces showcase one of the great composers of the French Baroque.

Behind-the-Scenes Preview video by Kathy Wittman, Ball Square Films.

Pre-concert talks: Join us one hour before each performance for an engaging talk featuring John S. Powell, Professor of Music, The University of Tulsa.

O'Dette Stubbs Blin Watkins Sullivan
O’Dette Stubbs Blin Watkins Sullivan
  Sheehan   Mealy  
  Sheehan   Mealy  

Paul O’Dette & Stephen Stubbs, Musical Directors
Gilbert Blin, Stage Director
Anna Watkins, Costume Designer

Melinda Sullivan, Choreographer

Aaron Sheehan, Orphée
Mireille Asselin, Carrie Henneman Shaw, Michael Kelly,
Olivier Laquerre, Thea Lobo, Jason McStoots,
Megan Stapleton, Brenna Wells, Douglas Williams

Robert Mealy, concertmaster

Cynthia Roberts, violin

Laura Jeppesen, viola da gamba

Christel Thielmann, viola da gamba

Beiliang Zhu, viola da gamba

Gonzalo X. Ruiz, oboe & recorder

Kathryn Montoya, oboe & recorder

Avi Stein, harpsichord

Paul O’Dette, Baroque guitar and theorbo

Stephen Stubbs, Baroque guitar and theorbo

Carlos Fittante, Olsi Gjeci, Caitlin Klinger, Alexis Silver