1997 Rossi’s L’Orfeo

BEMF Opera | 1999 Centerpiece Opera

Cavalli’s Ercole Amante

June 8, 9, 11, and 12, 1999
Emerson Majestic Theatre, Boston, MA

June 22, 23, and 24, 2007
Utrecht Early Music Festival, Utrecht, The Netherlands

Cavalli’s 1662 Ercole Amante, written for the wedding of Louis XIV to the Spanish Infanta Maria Theresa, is one of the richest opera scores fo the 17th-century, set to a colorful libretto by Francesco Buti with elegant ballets between each act by Jean-Baptiste Lully. The BEMF American première production—which will travel around the world—promises to delight you with over 80 beautiful costumes and glorious music—ranging from solos, duets, and trios to 8-part choirs, and very fine orchestral writing—played and sung by some of the world’s leading Early Music specialists, all of whom are distinguished soloists brought together for the first time.



Paul O’Dette and Stephen Stubbs, Artistic Directors
Jack Edwards, Stage Director
Peter Holman, Orchestra Director
Robin Linklater, Set & Costume Designer
Lucy Graham, Choreographer & Movement Adviser
L. Stacy Eddy, Lighting Designer

Costumes provided by the Drottningholm Court Theatre, Stockholm, Sweden


Jan Opalach, Augure
James Taylor, Endimione
Cyndia Sieden, Euridice
Laura Pudwell, Nutrice & Bacco
Ellen Hargis, Orfeo
Jennifer Lane, Aristeo
Curtis Streetman, Satiro
Suzie LeBlanc, Wanda Procyshyn & Nancy Mayer, Le Tre Grazie & Le Tre Parche
Christine Brandes, Amore
Susanne Peck, Benere
William Hite, Momo & Caronte
Alan Bennett, Apollo & Giove
Wanda Procyshyn, Imeneo
Meredith Hall, Giunone
Olof Lilja, Vecchia, La Gelosia & Plutone
Nancy Mayer, Il Sospetto
Susie LeBlanc, Proserpina
Eleonora Fuser, Serva di Euridice & Diavolo
Steve Player, Musicista al Matrimonio

Patrick Gnage, Randy Brent McGee, Mark Sprinkle & Jon Szabo

Lorraine M. Chapman, Kathleen McNulty, Tina Marie Walczak, Christopher Alloways-Ramsey, Robert Miller Moore & Robert Underwood

Boston Early Music Festival Renaissance Violin Band
David Douglass, concertmaster
Judy Tarling, Ingrid Matthews, Christopher Verrette & Julie Andrijeski, violin; Theresa Caudle, Margriet Tindemans, Robert Mealy, Scott Metcalfe, Patrick Jordan & Jane Starkman, viola; Mark Caudle, Emily Walhout, John Mark Rozendaal & Alice Robbins, bass violin; Stephen Stubbs & Elizabeth Kenny, chitarrone; Paul O’Dette, archlute; Paul O’Dette, Elizabeth Kenny, Patrick O’Brien & Steve Player, Spanish guitar; Peter Holman & Elisabeth Wright, harpsichord; Peter Holman, regal; Siobhán Armstrong, double harp; Erin Headley, lirone; Marilyn Boenau, Steven Lundahl, Mack Ramsey & Daniel Stillman, shawms, sackbuts, recorders, cornetto & bassoon; John Grimes, percussion