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BEMF Chamber Opera Series presents VERSAILLES: Portrait of a Royal Domain | Lully • Charpentier • Lalande

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The GRAMMY Award–winning BEMF Chamber Opera Series returns with an all-new production inspired by the splendor and music of the palace 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.

Paul O’Dette & Stephen Stubbs, Musical Directors
Gilbert Blin, Stage Director
Carlos Fittante, Choreographer
Anna Watkins, Costume Designer
Robert Mealy, Concertmaster
Kathleen Fay, Executive Producer

Pre-Opera Talk with Benoît Dratwicki, Artistic Director of the Centre de Musique Baroque de Versailles, one hour prior to each performance.

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Boston Early Music Festival Vocal Ensemble
Mireille Asselin, Jesse Blumberg, Olivier Laquerre, Mireille Lebel, Jason McStoots, Oliver Mercer, Sophie Michaux, Molly Netter, Aaron Sheehan, Margot Rood, John Taylor Ward, and Virginia Warnken

Boston Early Music Festival Dance Company
Melinda Sullivan, Dance Director
Carlos Fittante

Boston Early Music Festival Chamber Ensemble
Robert Mealy, Cynthia Roberts, Sarah Darling, Laura Jeppesen, Phoebe Carrai, Gonzalo X. Ruiz, Kathryn Montoya, Marilyn Boenau, Michael Sponseller, Paul O’Dette, and Stephen Stubbs

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