2023 Festival | Centerpiece Opera

2023 Festival | Centerpiece Opera

Henry Desmarest's Circé

Sunday, June 4, 2023 at 3:30pm
Wednesday, June 7, 2023 at 7pm

Friday, June 9, 2023 at 7pm
Sunday, June 11, 2023 at 3:30pm
Emerson Cutler Majestic Theatre, Boston, MA


Please Note: Tickets for Circé can ONLY be purchased through the BEMF Box Office in a package with another 2023 Festival item, such as tickets for our 2023 Festival Chamber Opera or a Festival Program Book. To purchase individual tickets to Circé only, please visit the Emerson Cutler Majestic Theatre Box Office when tickets go on sale later this fall. Additional fees may apply.

The GRAMMY-winning Boston Early Music Festival returns with an all-new production of Henry Desmarest's Circé!

After the divine sorceress Circé welcomes Ulisse and his weary companions to her island home, the forces of love, magic, and fate clash and threaten to ensare them all. First performed in 1694 at the Paris Opera, Circé features a libretto by renowned poet Louise-Geneviève Gillot de Saintonge. Be captivated as this epic adventure comes to life on stage with opulent, period-inspired costumes, brilliant Baroque dance, breathtaking sets, and utterly gorgeous music.

“It was one of those time-stopping moments that makes BEMF's biennial opera essential.”

—The Wall Street Journal


Paul O’Dette & Stephen Stubbs, Musical Directors
Gilbert Blin, Stage Director
Robert Mealy, Concertmaster
Melinda Sullivan, Dance Director

Marie-Nathalie Lacoursière & Pierre-François Dollé, Choreographers
Jérôme Kaplan, Costume Designer
Gilbert Blin, Set Designer
Kelly Martin, Lighting Designer
Ellen Hargis, Assistant Stage Director
Alexander McCargar, Assistant Scenic Designer
Kathleen Fay, Executive Producer

Vocal Cast

Lucile Richardot, Circé
Aaron Sheehan, Ulisse
Teresa Wakim, Astérie
Jesse Blumberg, Elphénor
Amanda Forsythe, Éolie
Douglas Williams, Polite

Danielle Reutter-Harrah, L’Amour
Nola Richardson, Une Nymphe & Une Prêtresse & Une Néréide
Mindy Ella Chu, Une Prêtresse
Mireille Lebel, Minerve
Brian Giebler, Un Amant fortuné & Une Euménide
Jason McStoots, Phantase & Une Euménide
James Reese, Un Amant fortuné & Mercure
Kyle Stegall, Une Songe & Aquilon
Daniel Fridley, Une Euménide
Michael Galvin, Phaebétor
Jonathan Woody, Le Grand Prêtre du Temple de l’Amour
Hannah De Priest, soprano; Virginia Warnken Kelsey, mezzo-soprano; David Evans, tenor

BEMF Dance Company

Melinda Sullivan, Dance Director

Marie-Nathalie Lacoursière, Stéphanie Brochard, Caitlin Klinger, Alexis Silver, Sonam Tshedzom Tinghye, Pierre-François Dollé, Julian Donahue, Junichi Fukuda, Olsi Gjeci, and Alex Meeth

BEMF Orchestra

Robert Mealy, Concertmaster

BEMF Young Artists Training Program

Gilbert Blin, Founder & Director
Jason McStoots, Associate Director, 2023
Jeffrey Grossman, répétiteur