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Boston Early Music Festival: June 12-19, 2011

Niobe, Regina di Tebe

Production Photos

Enjoy a photo gallery of past fully staged BEMF opera productions! Learn more about the 2013 Operatic Centerpiece, Handel's Almira.

Steffani's Niobe, Regina di Tebe. Photo by André Constantini.. Steffani's Niobe, Regina di Tebe. Photo by André Constantini.
Steffani's Niobe, Regina di Tebe. Photo by André Constantini.
Steffani's Niobe, Regina di Tebe. Photo by André Constantini.. Steffani's Niobe, Regina di Tebe. Photo by André Constantini.
Steffani's Niobe, Regina di Tebe. Photo by André Constantini.
Steffani's Niobe, Regina di Tebe. Photo by André Constantini.. Steffani's Niobe, Regina di Tebe. Photo by André Constantini.
Steffani's Niobe, Regina di Tebe. Photo by André Constantini.

Photos by André Constantini


Rehearsal Photos

Click here for Behind-the-Scenes Galleries with Costume Sketches and Set Models for the production.

Friday, June 10: The Niobe Set

The crew survey the constructed Niobe set at the Cutler Majestic Theatre. Photo by Kathy Wittman. Stage Director Gilbert Blin and Assistant Stage Director Ellen Hargis review plans for various set pieces for the Niobe production. Photo by Kathy Wittman.
Assistant Stage Manager Leslie Sears and Stage Director and Set Designer GIlbert Blin review the final details of set construction at the Cutler Majestic Theatre. Photo by Kathy Wittman.
Countertenor Matthew White, Production Stage Manager Darren Brannon, and Stage Director Gilbert Blin acclimate themselves to the newly constructed set during a run through of one of Niobe's flying sequences. Photo by Kathy Wittman. Assistant Stage Manager Leslie Sears, Assistant Stage Director Ellen Hargis, and Production Stage Manager Darren Brannon review plans for the first rehearsal with the cast on the Niobe set.  Photo by Kathy Wittman. Niobe cast and crew prepare for one of the production's flying effects. Photo by Kathy Wittman.

Final Construction of the Niobe set took place earlier this week at the Cutler Majestic Theatre. Stage Director and Set Designer Gilbert Blin and his team oversee the final details and performs a run through with cast members of one of the set's flying elements. Photos by Kathy Wittman.

Thursday, June 9: The Niobe Costume Shop
Philippe Jaroussky is fitted for his costume by Costume Designer Anna Watkins and her staff The Niobe Costume Shop
Julia Cavallaro is fitted by Costume Designer Anna Watkins
The Niobe Costume Shop Costume Designer Anna Watkins makes adjustments during a fitting The Niobe Costume Shop

Go inside the bustling Niobe costume shop with new photos by Kathy Wittman. Just a door away from the company's rehearsal room at Emmanuel Church in downtown Boston, the costume shop is where Niobe Costume Designer Anna Watkins and her staff make final preparation and construction of the dozens of costumes you will see on stage.

Wednesday, June 8: Internationally Acclaimed Directors

Baroque Harpist Maxine Eilander with Musical Co-Director Stephen Stubbs. Photo by Kathy Wittman. Co-Musical Director Paul O'Dette
Stage Director Gilbert Blin works with the Niobe Cast
Costume Designer Anna Watkins oversees the fitting for Abigail Renee Krawson. Photo by Kathy Wittman. Choreographers Caroline Copeland and Carlos Fittante perform in BEMF's production of Dido and Aeneas, 2010. Photo by André Costantini. Stephen Stubbs and Paul O'Dette review the score with Jesse Blumberg. Photo by Kathy Wittman.

The North American premiere of Niobe will be lead by a team of exceptional artists who have enjoyed critical and audience acclaim around the world. They draw upon the highest caliber of musicianship, artistry, and craftsmanship to shape this historical production. Years of intensive research have been employed to produce an extraordinarily entertaining experience.

Tuesday, June 7: An International Cast

Niobe leads Amanda Forsythe and Philippe Jaroussky rehearse the 2011 Festival Centerpiece Opera. Photo by Kathy Wittman. Philippe Jaroussky makes his North American stage debut in this production. Photo by Kathy Wittman.
Amanda Forsythe has sung in numerous BEMF Operas, including the 2008 Chamber Opera production of Blow's Venus and Adonis. Photo by David Walker.
Maxine Eilander, Baroque Harp, with Co-Musical Director Stephen Stubbs Kevin Skelton rehearses Niobe Megan Stapleton rehearses Niobe

As will all Festival Centerpiece Operas, Niobe boasts an internationally acclaimed cast of opera singers. From returning favorites like Amanda Forsythe to superstar countertenor Philippe Jaroussky making his North American stage début, they have been rehearsing in Boston since mid-May.

The 2011 Festival also sees the introduction of the BEMF Young Artists Training Program. The eight participants are asked to intensively study one of the main roles as an understudy while also performing in the Opera in a variety of supporting roles.