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CARNIVAL: June 11-18, 2017
Campra's Le Carnaval de Venise

Fully Staged Operatic Centerpiece
Campra's Le Carnaval de Venise

Sunday, June 11, 2017 at 3:30pm
Wednesday, June 14, 2017 at 7pm
Friday, June 16, 2017 at 7pm
Sunday, June 18, 2017 at 3:30pm

Cutler Majestic Theatre at Emerson College, Boston, MA

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The GRAMMY-winning Boston Early Music Festival presents an enchanting spectacle of music and dance with an all-new production of Le Carnaval de Venise, André Campra's captivating 1699 opéra-ballet. Join four star-crossed lovers as they experience the delights of the Carnival season in Venice—enjoying games, dances, and even a brilliantly realized “opera within an opera”, a miniature Italian opera on the Orpheus myth. This exquisite gem joins the elegance of French dance with the boisterous hilarity of Italian commedia dell’arte to produce a splendid feast for eyes and ears!

“A stunning, revelatory production.”
—The Wall Street Journal

The Boston Early Music Festival’s groundbreaking production of Le Carnaval de Venise promises a dazzling parade of extravagant costumes, magnificent sets, breathtaking dance, and truly ravishing music. BEMF’s GRAMMY–winning Musical Directors Paul O’Dette and Stephen Stubbs and internationally acclaimed Stage Director Gilbert Blin lead the production, which features an outstanding cast of 20 soloists, the 35-member Boston Early Music Festival Orchestra led by Concertmaster Robert Mealy, a troupe of Baroque dancers led by Dance Director Melinda Sullivan and performing choreography by Caroline Copeland, lavish costumes designed by Anna Watkins, and sumptuous staging inspired by the color and variety of 17th-century operatic spectacle.

“Theatrically vibrant and musically superb.”
—The Boston Globe

Though his music is rarely heard today, Campra was a leading composer of opera in France between the death of Lully and the emergence of Rameau. He flourished, in part, thanks to his engaging innovation, the opéra-ballet—a new form that eschewed mythological tragedies to instead focus on variety and opulence, inviting the audience to indulge in imaginative exotica. This enabled Campra to weave together exciting new styles from Italy with the best of the French traditions, thrilling audiences and royal patrons alike with some of the most gorgeous music in the Baroque repertoire.

Produced in partnership with the Centre de musique baroque de Versailles


Paul O'Dette & Stephen Stubbs, Musical Directors
Gilbert Blin, Stage Director
Robert Mealy, Concertmaster
Melinda Sullivan, Dance Director
Caroline Copeland, Choreographer
Anna Watkins, Costume Designer
Gilbert Blin, Set Designer
Lenore Doxsee, Lighting Designer
Ellen Hargis, Assistant Stage Director
Kathleen Fay, Executive Producer

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Amanda Forsythe
Karina Gauvin
Jesse Blumberg
Douglas Williams

Vocal Cast
Jesse Blumberg, Amanda Forsythe, Karina Gauvin, Christian Immler, Virginia Warnken Kelsey, Olivier Laquerre, Mireille Lebel, José Lemos, Jason McStoots, Nathan Medley, Molly Netter, Erica Schuller, Aaron Sheehan, Teresa Wakim, and Douglas Williams;

Chorus: David Evans, Bradley King, Ian Pomerantz, and Mark Williams

Boston Early Music Festival Dance Company
Melinda Sullivan, Dance Director
Caroline Copeland, First Dancer
Carlos Fittante, First Dancer

Boston Early Music Festival Orchestra
Robert Mealy, Concertmaster

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