Pre-Opera Talks

2019 Festival | June 9–16, 2019

Pre-Opera Talks

June 9, 12, 14 & 16, 2019
Emerson Cutler Majestic Theatre, Boston, MA


Pre-Opera Talks will precede all four performances of Steffani’s Orlando. Colin Timms, Emeritus Professor of Music, University of Birmingham, UK, and preeminent Steffani scholar, is the featured BEMF lecturer for Reality and Illusion in Steffani’s Orlando. Admission is free with your opera tickets or a Festival Pass.

Additional Pre-Opera and Pre-Concert Talks will be offered for the following select events:

Monday, June 10 at 7pm | NEC’s Jordan Hall
Pre-Concert Talk: Dunedin Consort
Bach’s Grand Passion; presented by Christoph Wolff, Adams University Professor, Emeritus, Harvard University

Tuesday, June 11 at 7pm | NEC’s Brown Hall
Pre-Concert Talk: Vox Luminis
The Arnstadt Bach Clan; presented by Christoph Wolff

Thursday, June 13 at 7pm | NEC’s Brown Hall
Pre-Concert Talk: BEMF Orchestra
Hearing the dance in Rameau’s orchestral music; presented by Rebecca Harris-Warrick, Professor, Cornell University

Friday, June 14 at 2pm | Emmanuel Church Parish Hall
Pre-Concert Talk: BEMF 2019 Young Artists Training Program participants
The Madness of Handel’s Orlando; presented by Ellen T. Harris, Class of 1949 Professor Emeritus, MIT

Saturday, June 15 at 7pm | NEC’s Jordan Hall
Pre-Opera Talk: VERSAILLES: Portrait of a Royal Domain
Masters of the French Baroque: Charpentier, Lalande, and Lully; presented by Benoît Dratwicki, Artistic Director, Centre de musique baroque de Versailles