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BEMF Chamber Opera Series | Pergolesi's La Serva Padrona & Livietta e Tracollo

Saturday, November 29, 2014 at 8pm | Purchase Tickets
Sunday, November 30, 2014 at 3pm | Purchase Tickets
New England Conservatory’s Jordan Hall, Boston

Humor and love abound this Thanksgiving weekend as the BEMF Chamber Opera Series, a “popular tradition among local early music fans” (The Boston Globe), returns for its sixth production, a double bill of Neapolitan comic opera! Pergolesi’s delightfully charming La serva padrona and Livietta e Tracollo come to life in an intimate chamber production featuring lavish costumes and effervescent period staging led by Musical Directors Paul O’Dette and Stephen Stubbs and Stage Director Gilbert Blin.

Originally written as intermezzi to be performed during productions of more serious operatic fare, these comic masterpieces found enduring fame in their own right—audiences were enchanted by their engaging wit and Pergolesi’s theatrical music. Soprano Amanda Forsythe, acclaimed by The New York Times as “simply dazzling,” heads a cast with four dynamic singers that also includes members of the BEMF Dance Ensemble, who bring to the stage craft their extensive experience with commedia dell’arte.

Pre-Opera Talk at 7pm

Forsythe
Schuller
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Blumberg

“Exceptional performances…that open your mind in ways  	you didn’t know were possible.” -Vancouver Observer

Artists

Paul O’Dette & Stephen Stubbs, Musical Directors
Gilbert Blin, Stage Director
Melinda Sullivan, Movement Coordinator
Anna Watkins, Costume Designer
Lenore Doxsee, Lighting Designer

BEMF Chamber Ensemble
Robert Mealy, Concertmaster

Amanda Forsythe, Serpina
Erica Schuller, Livietta
Douglas Williams, Uberto
Jesse Blumberg, Tracollo

Caroline Copeland, Fulvia
Carlos Fittante, Vespone
Ryan Began, Facenda

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Past Chamber Operas

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Aaron Sheehan and Mirielle Asselin in the 2012 production of Monteverdi’s Orfeo.
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Douglas Williams and Mirielle Asselin in the 2011 Chamber Opera double bill of Charpentier’s La Descente d’Orphée aux Enfers and La Couronne de Fleurs.
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Carrie Henneman Shaw and cast in the 2010 production of Purcell’s Dido and Aeneas
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Aaron Sheehan and Teresa Wakim in the 2009 production of Handel’s Acis and Galatea
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Amanda Forsythe and Tyler Duncan in the 2008 production of Blow’s Venus and Adonis, part of a double bill with Charpentier’s Actéon

 

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