BEMF in the Berkshires

2019 Festival | BEMF in the Berkshires

For over a decade, BEMF has followed its triumphant Festival weeks with a weekend of performances in the Berkshires at the acoustically superb and visually dazzling Mahaiwe Performing Arts Center in Great Barrington, Massachusetts.

VERSAILLES: Portrait of a Royal Domain

Friday, June 21, 2019 at 8pm
Saturday, June 22, 2019 at 3pm
Mahaiwe Performing Arts Center, Great Barrington, MA

The GRAMMY Award–winning BEMF Chamber Opera Series returns with an encore performance of our 2016 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.

Produced in partnership with the Centre de musique baroque de Versailles.

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Critical Acclaim

“If Louis XIV enjoyed performances of this caliber, he was a lucky man.”

—The Boston Globe

“Vivacious… a successful pastiche.”

—The New York Times

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Behind-The-Scenes Video

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Directors & Performers

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

Jesse Blumberg
Olivier Laquerre
Marjorie Maltais
Jason McStoots
Sophie Michaux
Molly Netter
Margot Rood
Aaron Sheehan
Teresa Wakim
John Taylor Ward
Virginia Warnken
Zachary Wilder

Robert Mealy, concertmaster
Cynthia Roberts, violin
Sarah Darling, viola
Laura Jeppesen, viola & viola da gamba
Phoebe Carrai, violoncello
Gonzalo X. Ruiz & Kathryn Montoya, oboe & recorder
Dominic Teresi, bassoon & bass recorder
Michael Sponseller, harpsichord
Paul O’Dette, theorbo
Stephen Stubbs, Baroque guitar & theorbo

Melinda Sullivan, Dance Director
Carlos Fittante, First Dancer