Current Chamber Opera

2022-2023 Season

BEMF Chamber Opera Series
Lully's Idylle sur la Paix & Charpentier's Le Fête de Rueil

Paul O’Dette & Stephen Stubbs, Musical Directors
Gilbert Blin, Stage Director

Saturday, November 26, 2022, 8pm
Sunday, November 27, 2022, 3pm
New England Conservatory's Jordan Hall

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The GRAMMY-winning BEMF Chamber Opera Series returns to the French Baroque with a Double Bill of music written for Louis XIV!

Lully’s Idylle sur la Paix and Charpentier’s La Fête de Rueil were each commissioned in 1685 for lavish garden parties planned by French courtiers to celebrate King Louis XIV. Both pieces feature an idyllic utopia where shepherds in the French countryside celebrate a recent truce “given” to Europe by the Sun King. The genius of Charpentier and Lully raises these formal tributes to musical masterpieces where dazzling singing combines with charming dances in a vivid depiction of the people’s desire for peace.

These splendid chamber operas are led by BEMF’s GRAMMY-winning Musical Directors Paul O’Dette and Stephen Stubbs and acclaimed Stage Director Gilbert Blin. With an all-star roster of 26 singers, dancers, and instrumentalists, this all-new production featuring period-inspired staging and lavish costumes will truly be an entertainment fit for a King!



—The Boston Globe


Paul O’Dette & Stephen Stubbs, Musical Directors
Gilbert Blin, Stage Director
Robert Mealy, Concertmaster
Melinda Sullivan, Choreographer
Gwen van den Eijnde, Costume Designer
Kathleen Fay, Executive Producer

Boston Early Music Festival Vocal Ensemble
Danielle Reutter-Harrah, soprano
Teresa Wakim, soprano
Jason McStoots, tenor
James Reese, tenor
Aaron Sheehan, tenor
John Taylor Ward, bass-baritone
Jonathan Woody, bass-baritone

Boston Early Music Festival Chamber Ensemble

Chamber Opera Series Over the Years

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