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Boston Early Music Festival: June 9-16, 2013
BEMF Chamber Opera Series presents Orphée. Photo by André Costantini

Saturday, June 15, 2013 at 8pm
New England Conservatory's Jordan Hall, Boston, MA

Production Photos by André Costantini.

BEMF turns again to Marc-Antoine Charpentier with its fourth annual Chamber Opera Series production, originally performed in November, 2011. Charpentier, the composer of Actéon in BEMF’s first presentation of chamber operas in 2008, is the creator of both works in this year’s 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.

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

Melinda Sullivan, Choreographer

Aaron Sheehan, Orphée
Mireille Asselin, Jesse Blumberg, Carrie Henneman Shaw,
Michael Kelly, Olivier Laquerre, Thea Lobo,
Jason McStoots, Megan Stapleton, Brenna Wells