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“The idea of BEMF putting its artistic resources and institutional expertise behind smaller, gem-like chamber operas is, in short, a no brainer...this annual series should be a highly welcome addition to the local concert calendar.”

Boston Globe on the 2008 BEMF Chamber Opera Series

Behind-the-scenes video of Acis and Galatea
Rehearsal Blog
Program Article by Gilbert Blin
Program Article by Ellen T. Harris
Boston Globe review of the 2008 BEMF Chamber Opera Series
Watch a behind-the-scenes video of the 2008 BEMF Chamber Opera Series

BEMF Chamber Opera Series

Saturday, November 28, 2009 at 8pm
New England Conservatory’s Jordan Hall
Free pre-concert talk at 7pm with the BEMF opera directors

with Handel expert and MIT Professor Ellen T. Harris

Tickets: Sold out

George Frideric Handel's Acis and Galatea

The original 1718 chamber version

Proclaimed “the highlight of local opera presentations,” the Boston Early Music Festival’s stunning period productions of Baroque operas have become a must-see event for opera lovers from around the world. In its second annual Chamber Opera Series, BEMF presents the original 1718 chamber version of Handel’s beloved pastoral opera Acis and Galatea, led by musical directors Paul O’Dette and Stephen Stubbs, stage director Gilbert Blin, and costume designer Anna Watkins.

The story depicts the love affair between the nymph Galatea and the shepherd Acis, who must endure a long separation. When they are finally reunited, their happiness is dashed by the jealous monster Polyphemus, who is in love with Galatea and kills Acis.  As Galatea laments the loss of her lover, she uses her divine powers to transform Acis into an everlasting fountain.

Tenor Aaron Sheehan and soprano Teresa Wakim will appear in the title roles, accompanied by the three-time Grammy-nominated Boston Early Music Festival Chamber Ensemble.


Paul O’Dette & Stephen Stubbs, Musical Directors
Gilbert Blin, Stage Director
Anna Watkins, Costume Designer

Robert Mealy, Orchestra Leader
Kathleen Fay, Executive Producer
Darren Brannon, Associate Producer
Melinda Sullivan, Assistant to the Stage Director


Aaron Sheehan, Acis

Teresa Wakim, Galatea*

Jason McStoots, Damon

Douglas Williams, Polyphemus

Zachary Wilder, Coridon

* Due to illness, Amanda Forsythe was unable to perform in BEMF's performance of Handel's Acis and Galatea and was replaced by her understudy Teresa Wakim.