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2019 Festival | June 9-16, 2019
BEMF Chamber Opera Series: Handel's Acis and Galatea

BEMF Chamber Opera Series
VERSAILLES: Portrait of a Royal Domain

Saturday, June 15, 2019 at 8pm
New England Conservatory's Jordan Hall, Boston, MA

Friday, June 21, 2019, 8pm
Saturday, June 22, 2019, 3pm

Mahaiwe Performing Arts Center, Great Barrington, MA

The GRAMMY Award–winning BEMF Chamber Opera Series returns with an encore performance of our November 2016 production inspired by the splendor of Versailles. King Louis XIV transformed his father’s pastoral hunting lodge at Versailles into a lavish palace that served as the seat of government and culture in France. Enjoy a musical feast from the height of the Sun King’s reign with two chamber operas—Charpentier’s Les Plaisirs de Versailles and Lalande’s Les Fontaines de Versailles—exalting the splendor and majesty of the palace and its gardens, alongside divertissements from Lully’s Atys—called the “King’s Opera” for the favor it enjoyed with Louis XIV. The refined elegance and expressive drama is brought to life by the all-star BEMF Vocal and Chamber Ensembles in a magnificent production featuring gorgeous costumes, Baroque dance, and sumptuous staging.

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

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Paul O’Dette & Stephen Stubbs, Musical Directors
Gilbert Blin, Stage Director
Robert Mealy, Concertmaster
Melinda Sullivan, Dance Director
Carlos Fittante, Choreographer

Anna Watkins, Costume Designer

Kathleen Fay, Executive Producer

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