2014 CHAMBER OPERA TOUR
Be there for the can’t-miss event of concert season as the Boston Early Music Festival brings a double bill of Marc-Antoine Charpentier chamber operas on tour. Charpentier, the composer of Actéon in BEMF’s first presentation of chamber operas in 2008, is the creator of both works in this double bill exploring the transcendental power of music.
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.
Paul O’Dette & Stephen Stubbs, Musical Directors
Gilbert Blin, Stage Director
Anna Watkins, Costume Designer
Melinda Sullivan, Choreographer
BEMF VOCAL & CHAMBER ENSEMBLES
Aaron Sheehan, Orphée