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2017 Festival & Exhibition | June 11-18, 2017

IMMERSE YOURSELF in what The Times, London hails as “The world’s leading festival of early music.” June 11-18, 2017!

Don't miss the GRAMMY-winning Boston Early Music Festival's opera productions at the 2017 Festival! Tickets go on sale this summer.

Campra's Le Carnaval de Venise

The operatic centerpiece of the June 2017 Boston Early Music Festival is André Campra's 1699 opéra-ballet Le Carnaval de Venise. Rarely heard today, Campra was a leading composer of operas at the courts of Louis XIV and Louis XV in the time between Jean-Baptiste Lully and Jean-Philippe Rameau. Campra flourished, in part, by introducing a new form – the opéra-ballet – that featured variety and spectacle, inviting the audience to indulge in imaginative exotica, drawing upon both French and Italian artistic techniques, and producing some of the most beautiful music in the early Baroque repertoire. Le Carnaval is a comédie lyrique, and features four star-crossed lovers enjoying the feasts, games, dances, and other performances of a single day of Carnival in exotic Venice—they even observe a miniature (Italian) “opera within an opera” on the Orpheus theme. The elegance of French dance and declamation is joined with the hilarity of Italian commedia dell’arte to produce an innovatively rich operatic and choreographic feast.

"This is something special.” –The New York Times

The Boston Early Music Festival’s enchanting production of Campra’s Le Carnaval de Venise promises a dazzling parade of extravagant costumes, magnificent sets, breathtaking dance, and truly gorgeous music – a feast for the eyes and ears! The production is brought to life by BEMF’s GRAMMY Award-winning Musical Directors Paul O’Dette and Stephen Stubbs and internationally acclaimed Stage Director Gilbert Blin – who will lead a magnificent cast of 20 soloists – with beautiful costumes designed by Anna Watkins, 35 members of the unsurpassed Boston Early Music Festival Orchestra led by Robert Mealy, choreography by Caroline Copeland and a troupe of Baroque dancers, in a vivacious staging inspired by the grandeur and spectacle of 17th-Century opera houses.

Pergolesi's La serva padrona & Livietta e Tracollo

Saturday, June 17, 2017 | 8pm
New England Conservatory's Jordan Hall

First presented in November, 2014, this phenomenal double-bill will feature an all-star cast in Pergolesi's La serva padrona and Livietta e Tracollo. You won't want to miss your chance to see why The Boston Globe praised the original performances for having "all the zest and earthy opulance one has come to expect from these outstanding musicians."