Chamber Opera

2019 Festival | Chamber Opera

VERSAILLES: Portrait of a Royal Domain

Saturday, June 15, 2019 at 8PM
New England Conservatory’s Jordan Hall, Boston, MA

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

Sunday, June 23, 2019 at 4pm | Learn More »
Venetian Theater, Caramoor Center for Music and the Arts

Experience a musical feast inspired by the splendor and majesty of Versailles at the height of Louis XIV’s reign! The Grammy Award–winning BEMF Chamber Opera Series returns with encore performances of our November 2016 production featuring two chamber operas—Charpentier’s Les Plaisirs de Versailles and Lalande’s Les Fontaines de Versailles—exalting 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 superb staging. These performances celebrate the worldwide release of BEMF’s next recording on the CPO label, featuring two chamber operas by Charpentier!

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


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Production Video



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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

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

BEMF CHAMBER ENSEMBLE
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

BEMF DANCE COMPANY
Melinda Sullivan, Dance Director
Carlos Fittante, First Dancer