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Baroque Opera Recordings
Charpentier’s La Descente d’Orphée aux Enfers and La Couronne de FleursCharpentier’s La Descente d’Orphée aux Enfers and La Couronne de Fleurs

Pre-order BEMF's next Opera CD!

Coming in early 2015, Steffani's Niobe, Regina di Tebe joins BEMF's GRAMMY-nominated series of opera recordings and marks BEMF's first release for the Erato label, a division of Warner Music Group. BEMF first performed Niobe in its North American premiere at the 2011 Festival to rave reviews. Recorded in November, 2013 in acoustically brilliant Sendesaal Studio in Bremen, Germany, the cast features Karina Gauvin and Philippe Jaroussky in the leading the roles.

First performed as the opening spectacle at the 1688 Carnival in Munich, Steffani's gorgeous music will immerse the listener in a magical drama of soaring triumphs and searing tragedy. Niobe recounts the story of the Queen of Thebes, one of the most tragic figures in Greek mythology, who ruled over the city of Thebes with her husband Anfione. Niobe’s immense pride earns her family the merciless wrath of the gods.



(CDs ship in
early February)


From the 2011 production in Boston.