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Press Release

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE: November 21, 2016

MEDIA ALERT: The Boston Early Music Festival Chamber Opera Series presents VERSAILLES: Portrait of a Royal Domain on Thanksgiving weekend – November 26 & 27 in Boston and November 28 & 29 in New York City

Cambridge, MA - The GRAMMY Award–winning Boston Early Music Festival Chamber Opera Series returns on Thanksgiving weekend for its ninth consecutive year with an all-new production inspired by the splendor and music of the French royal court. VERSAILLES: Portrait of a Royal Domain is a spectacle from the height of Louis XIV’s reign with two chamber operas—Charpentier’s Les Plaisirs de Versailles and Lalande’s Les Fontaines de Versailles—exalting the majesty of the palace and its gardens, alongside divertissements from Lully’s Atys. Produced in partnership with the Centre de musique baroque de Versailles, the production will receive four performances: Saturday, November 26, 2016 at 3pm and Sunday, November 27, 2016 at 8pm at NEC's Jordan Hall in Boston, and Monday November 28, 2016 at 7:30pm and Tuesday, November 29, 2016 at 7:30pm at the Morgan Library & Museum in New York City.

Watch a behind-the-scenes preview from the rehearsal studio.

The elegance and drama of these three works is brought to life by the all-star BEMF Vocal and Chamber Ensembles in a magnificent production featuring gorgeous costumes and sumptuous period staging. Led by BEMF’s GRAMMY-winning Musical Directors Paul O’Dette and Stephen Stubbs and Stage Director Gilbert Blin, the directorial team also features Concertmaster Robert Mealy, Dance Director Melinda Sullivan, Choreographer Carlos Fittante, Costume Designer Anna Watkins, and Executive Producer Kathleen Fay. GRAMMY-Winning tenor Aaron Sheehan, praised by BBC Music Magazine for his “light, lyrical voice [which] delivers the music with utter naturalness,” heads a cast of twelve dynamic singers, including soprano Mireille Asselin, tenor Jason McStoots, baritone Jesse Blumberg, and other favorites of past BEMF opera productions. These brilliant vocalists appear alongside the eleven member BEMF Chamber Ensemble and the BEMF Dance Ensemble.

Tickets for the Boston performances are priced at $25, $45, $55, $75, and $125 each, and can be purchased at www.BEMF.org and 617-661-1812, as well as through the Jordan Hall Box Office located at 30 Gainsborough Street in Boston and by telephone at 617-585-1260; a $5 discount for students, seniors, and groups is available by calling 617-661-1812. Subscription discounts are available with the purchase of three or more programs on the 2016–2017 Season.

Tickets for the New York performances are priced at $55 for Morgan members and $65 for non-members, and can be purchased at www.themorgan.org/bemf and 212-685-0008 ext. 560.

RESOURCES:
Download artist photos: http://www.bemf.org/pages/press/images.htm

Full Press Release: http://www.bemf.org/pages/press/110316_versailles.htm

ABOUT THE BOSTON EARLY MUSIC FESTIVAL:
Recognized as the preeminent early music presenter and Baroque opera producer in North America, the Boston Early Music Festival (BEMF) has been credited with securing Boston’s reputation as “America’s early music capital” (The Boston Globe). Founded in 1981, BEMF offers diverse programs and activities, including one GRAMMY Award-winning and four GRAMMY Award-nominated opera recordings, an annual concert series that brings early music’s brightest stars to the Boston and New York concert stages, and a biennial week-long Festival and Exhibition recognized as the “world’s leading festival of early music” (The Times, London). The 19th Boston Early Music Festival will take place from June 11–18, 2017, and will feature fully staged performances of André Campra’s Le Carnaval de Venise as the Centerpiece Opera. BEMF’s Artistic Leadership includes Artistic Directors Paul O’Dette and Stephen Stubbs, Opera Director Gilbert Blin, Orchestra Director Robert Mealy, and Dance Director Melinda Sullivan.

The 2016–2017 Boston Early Music Festival Concert Series is presented with support from the Massachusetts Cultural Council, National Endowment for the Arts, ConstellationCenter, WGBH Radio Boston, Harpsichord Clearing House, Zuckermann Harpsichords International, and The Gregory E. Bulger Foundation.

For more information, images, press tickets, or to schedule an interview, please contact Kathleen Fay at 617-661-1812 or email kathy@bemf.org.

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