Current Chamber Opera

2021-2022 Season

Telemann’s Pimpinone and Ino

Paul O’Dette & Stephen Stubbs, Musical Directors
Gilbert Blin & Marie-Nathalie Lacoursière, Stage Directors

Saturday, November 27, 2021, 8pm | PURCHASE TICKETS
Sunday, November 28, 2021, 3pm | PURCHASE TICKETS
New England Conservatory's Jordan Hall

VIRTUAL PREMIERE: Saturday, December 11, 2021 at 8pm (ET)
Available to watch until December 25, 2021 at 11:59pm (ET)

The GRAMMY Award–winning BEMF Chamber Opera Series returns on Thanksgiving weekend!

Explore the depth and scope of Telemann’s genius with a fascinating pairing of comedy and drama. Inspired by the comic intermezzi of Pergolesi, Pimpinone approaches social class and seduction with stylish slapstick and evocative humanity as the narcissistic Pimpinone is stung by the beauty and barbs of his charming chambermaid, Vespetta. The cantata Ino is a true hidden gem with a thrilling story drawn from Ovid’s Metamorphoses. Written late in Telemann’s life, this miniature masterpiece is a bridge between the Baroque and Classical eras, full of scintillating theatrics and show-stopping virtuosity.

Musical Directors Paul O’Dette and Stephen Stubbs alongside Stage Directors Gilbert Blin and Marie-Nathalie Lacoursière lead three of BEMF’s favorite singers and the all-star BEMF Chamber Ensemble in this engaging double bill. Starring in Pimpinone will be stellar soprano Danielle Reutter-Harrah as Vespetta alongside thrilling baritone Douglas Williams in the title role, while Ino will feature celebrated soprano Amanda Forsythe. Marie-Nathalie Lacoursière will also appear as a dancer in the production. Rounding out the directorial team will be Concertmaster Robert Mealy leading the Boston Early Music Festival Chamber Ensemble, Dance Director Melinda Sullivan, Costume Designers Gilbert Blin & Meriem Bahri, and Executive Producer Kathleen Fay.

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Artists

Paul O’Dette & Stephen Stubbs, Musical Directors
Gilbert Blin & Marie-Nathalie Lacoursière, Stage Directors
Robert Mealy, Concertmaster
Melinda Sullivan, Dance Director
Gilbert Blin & Meriem Bahri, Costume Designers
Kathleen Fay, Executive Producer

Danielle Reutter-Harrah, Vespetta
Douglas Williams, Pimpinone

Amanda Forsythe, soprano

Boston Early Music Festival Chamber Ensemble
Robert Mealy & Cynthia Roberts, violin
Sarah Darling, viola
Phoebe Carrai, violoncello
Doug Balliett, double bass
Michael Sponseller, harpsichord
Paul O’Dette, theorbo
Stephen Stubbs, theorbo & Baroque guitar