BEMF Orchestra & Chorus

Festival Concerts | June 4–11, 2023

Boston Early Music Festival Orchestra & Chorus

Paul O’Dette & Stephen Stubbs, Musical Directors
Robert Mealy, Orchestra Director
Hannah De Priest & Amanda Forsythe, soprano
Colin Balzer & Kyle Stegall, tenor
Jesse Blumberg, baritone | Jonathan Woody, bass-baritone
Caroline Copeland & Olsi Gjeci, dancers

MONDAY, JUNE 5, 2023
8pm | NEC's Jordan Hall, Boston

This concert is part of the Golden and Silver Serpent subscriptions and is eligible for the Bronze Serpent.

A Grand Celebration: Music from Desmarest’s Circé and Handel’s Almira

We open our weeklong Celebration of Women with a grand program of music written for the opera stage! The evening begins with the complete prologue of Desmarest’s Circé—thirty minutes of delicious airs, dances, and choruses! The allegorical prologue in French opera, an elaborate spectacle praising the king, was ultimately dropped from the performing tradition, but Circé’s is too good to pass over. This exceptional musical morsel is paired with a selection of truly stunning arias and dances from Handel’s first opera, Almira, both featuring dancers and singers from the Festival’s opera productions. Don’t miss this stunning collection of operatic masterworks led by GRAMMY-winners Paul O’Dette and Stephen Stubbs!

“The choral singing and instrumental playing are immaculate.”