Current Chamber Opera

2020/21 Season

Looking Back at Orpheus

Friday, November 27, 2020 at 8pm | Monteverdi's Orfeo
Sunday, November 29, 2020 at 3pm | Charpentier's La Descente d'Orphée aux Enfers

For our traditional Thanksgiving weekend feast, the Boston Early Music Festival opens our treasure trove of video archives for the first time to share FREE streaming broadcasts of two productions inspired by the Orpheus legend from our GRAMMY Award-winning Chamber Opera Series! Please join us on Friday, November 27, 2020 at 8pm to watch our June 2015 production of Monteverdi's Orfeo and again on Sunday, November 29, 2020 at 3pm for a double-bill featuring Charpentier's La Descente d’Orphée aux Enfers.

These broadcasts will be freely available for a limited time on YouTube - subscribe to our channel today! Be sure to watch for additional new videos, including documentaries on the making of each production, video lectures, and a 30-minute excerpt from BEMF’s 2017 fully staged production of Campra’s Le Carnaval de Venise featuring an Orpheus-themed "opera-within-an-opera" attended by the characters of the larger story.

Stay tuned for more details in the coming months. Be sure to subscribe to our YouTube Channel, follow us on Facebook, or join our email list to be the first to hear!


Even though our stage remains silent, BEMF is dedicated to sharing these spectacular productions with fans and friends around the world. We are also committed to compensating over 70 gifted BEMF artists – directors, singers, dancers, instrumentalists, and scholars – who brought these performances to life. Our broadcasts will be available FREE to enthusiasts old and new thanks to contributions from many generous patrons. You can join them by making a tax-deductible contribution today at

Both productions are led by BEMF’s GRAMMY Award-winning Musical Directors Paul O’Dette and Stephen Stubbs, Stage Director Gilbert Blin, Concertmaster Robert Mealy, and Choreographer Melinda Sullivan. Each production features sublime performances by the all-star BEMF Vocal and Chamber Ensembles and GRAMMY Award-winning tenor Aaron Sheehan in the title role, gorgeous costumes designed by Anna Watkins, and videography by Kathy Wittman of Ball Square Films with audio from Sound Engineer Frank Cunningham (Charpentier) and WCRB Classical Radio Boston (Monteverdi).