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2019 Festival | June 9-16, 2019
2019 Festival | June 9-16, 2019

Fully Staged Operatic Centerpiece
Steffani's Orlando

Sunday, June 9, 2019 at 3:30pm
Wednesday, June 12, 2019 at 7pm
Friday, June 14, 2019 at 7pm

Sunday, June 16, 2019 at 3:30pm

Emerson/Cutler Majestic Theatre, Boston, MA

TheNorth American premiere of Agostino Steffani’s 1691 opera Orlando generosowill be 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 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. LEARN MORE »

BEMF Chamber Opera Series: Handel's Acis and Galatea

BEMF Chamber Opera Series
VERSAILLES: Portrait of a Royal Domain

Saturday, June 15, 2019 at 8pm
New England Conservatory's Jordan Hall, Boston, MA

Friday, June 21, 2019, 8pm
Saturday, June 22, 2019, 3pm

Mahaiwe Performing Arts Center, Great Barrington, MA

The GRAMMY Award–winning BEMF Chamber Opera Series returns with an encore performance of our November 2016 production inspired by the splendor of Versailles. King Louis XIV transformed his father’s pastoral hunting lodge at Versailles into a lavish palace that served as the seat of government and culture in France. Enjoy a musical feast from the height of the Sun King’s reign with two chamber operas—Charpentier’s Les Plaisirs de Versailles and Lalande’s Les Fontaines de Versailles—exalting the splendor and majesty of the palace and its gardens, alongside divertissements from Lully’s Atys—called the “King’s Opera” for the favor it enjoyed with Louis XIV. The refined elegance and expressive drama is brought to life by the all-star BEMF Vocal and Chamber Ensembles in a magnificent production featuring gorgeous costumes, Baroque dance, and sumptuous staging. LEARN MORE »