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Monteverdi's Orfeo

Saturday, November 24, 2012 at 8pm
Sunday, November 25, 2012 at 3pm

New England Conservatory's Jordan Hall, Boston

The “popular tradition among local early music fans” (The Boston Globe) continues over Thanksgiving weekend with the fifth annual BEMF Chamber Opera Series presentation: a new production of Monteverdi's Orfeo.

Behind-the-scenes video preview by Kathy Wittman | Ball Square Films

Widely regarded as the first great opera, Orfeo features one of opera’s most adored stories, in which the heroic Orfeo endures the tragic death of his beloved Euridice, and travels to the underworld to plead for her return.

Breathtaking in its beauty and variety, this masterpiece defined an art form still in its infancy with rich instrumental colors, dramatic word painting, and a virtuosic opulence of tone and texture. Experience this magical musical entertainment, exquisitely presented by the internationally acclaimed directors, singers, instrumentalists, and dancers of the Boston Early Music Festival!

O'Dette Stubbs Blin Watkins Sullivan
O’Dette Stubbs Blin Watkins Sullivan
  Sheehan   Mealy  
  Sheehan   Mealy  

Paul O’Dette & Stephen Stubbs, Musical Directors
Gilbert Blin, Stage Director
Anna Watkins, Costume Designer
Melinda Sullivan, Choreographer
Lenore Doxsee, Lighting Designer
Robert Mealy, concertmaster

Aaron Sheehan, Orfeo
Teresa Wakim, Ninfa and Proserpina
Mireille Asselin, La Musica and Euridice
Shannon Mercer, Messagiera
Ryland Angel, Pastore I and Speranza
Jason McStoots, Pastore II and Apollo
Charles Blandy, Pastore III
Olivier Laquerre, Plutone
Douglas Williams, Pastore IV and Caronte


CONCERTO PALATINO, directed by Bruce Dickey, cornetto and Charles Toet, Baroque trombone

Carlos Fittante, Dancer

Pre-Opera Talks: Join us one hour before each performance for an engaging talk featuring Harvard University's Thomas Forrest Kelly—Morton B. Knafel Professor of Music, Head Tutor Historical Musicology—and members of the BEMF Directorial Team