Agostino Steffani's Orlando

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2019 Festival | Centerpiece Opera

Agostino Steffani’s Orlando

Sunday, June 9, 2019 at 3:30pm | Select Your Seats »
Wednesday, June 12, 2019 at 7pm 
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Friday, June 14, 2019 at 7pm Select Your Seats »
Sunday, June 16, 2019 at 3:30pm Select Your Seats »
Emerson Cutler Majestic Theatre, Boston, MA

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The Boston Early Music Festival will present the North American premiere of Agostino Steffani’s 1691 opera Orlando generoso as the fully-staged operatic centerpiece of the June 2019 Boston Early Music Festival. Based on Ludovico Ariosto’s 16th-century epic poem, Orlando is a profound masterpiece that deconstructed medieval myths of knights and dragons to explore deeply human themes of romance, jealousy, and madness against a fantastical backdrop. In Steffani’s opera, scandal and mystery follow the valiant knight Orlando as he ventures to China in search of his love, the princess Angelica. When his affection is spurned, he spirals into self-doubt and madness, all while a palace intrigue ensues, with a pair of estranged lovers, a lecherous king, and a scheming wizard.

Steffani’s score displays his characteristic refined theatricality and virtuosity, full of deeply expressive arias and duets that dazzled audiences for the Hanover opera when it premiered in 1691. With enchanted castles, a luxurious foreign court, and winged beasts taking to the skies, Orlando promises to be a vivid entertainment sure to delight Boston audiences as well. This fully staged production will feature gorgeous, period-inspired costumes, brilliant sets, breathtaking flying machines, and truly ravishing music.

“BEMF spares no effort when it stages opera.”



Paul O'Dette & Stephen Stubbs, Musical Directors
Gilbert Blin, Stage Director
Robert Mealy, Concertmaster
Melinda Sullivan, Dance Director
Marie-Nathalie Lacoursière, Choreographer
Anna Watkins, Costume Designer
Gilbert Blin, Set Designer
Kathleen Fay, Executive Producer


Aaron Sheehan, Orlando
Amanda Forsythe, Angelica
Emőke Baráth, Bradamante
Christopher Lowery, Ruggiero
Kacper Szelążek, Medoro
Jesse Blumberg, Atalante
Flavio Ferri-Benedetti, Galafro
Zachary Wilder, Brunello
Teresa Wakim, Melissa