2008 Blow and Charpentier

BEMF Opera | 2008 Chamber Opera Series

Blow's Venus and Adonis & Charpentier’s Actéon

Saturday, November 29, 2008 at 8pm
New England Conservatory's Jordan Hall

Declared “the highlight of local opera presentations,” the Boston Early Music Festival presents an intimate evening of chamber opera featuring Boston’s favorite opera soloists. Set amidst an 18th-century hunting party, two exquisite Baroque chamber operas will be brought to life in stunningly vibrant detail in Boston’s acoustically superb Jordan Hall on Thanksgiving weekend.

This production was reprised at the June 2009 Festival.


Critical Acclaim

“A highly welcome addition to the local concert calendar.”

—The Boston Globe

“A stageful of superb soloists merged into a superb ensemble.”


Production Video


Paul O’Dette and Stephen Stubbs, Musical Directors
Gilbert Blin, Stage Director
Lucy Graham, Choreographer
Anna Watkins, Costume Designer
Robert Mealy, Orchestra Leader
Rebecca Kenneally, Director of the BEMF Youth Ensemble


Cast – Venus and Adonis
Amanda Forsythe, Venus
Tyler Duncan, Adonis
Mireille Lebel, Cupid
Lydia Brotheron, Shepherdess
Aaron Sheehan, Jason McStoots & Douglas Williams, Shepherds
Brenna Wells, Teresa Wakim, Pamela Dellal, Michael Barrett, Olivier Laquerre & Julien Patenaude, Hunters & Shepherdesses

Cast – Actéon
Aaron Sheehan, Actéon
Teresa Wakim, Diane
Amanda Forsythe, Arthéhuze
Lydia Brotherton, Hyale
Mireille Lebel, Daphne
Pamela Dellal, Junon
Brenna Wells, Michael Barrett, Jason McStoots, Tyler Duncan, Olivier Laquerre, Julien Patenaude & Douglas Williams, Chasseurs & Nymphes

Boston Early Music Festival Chamber Ensemble
Robert Mealy & Julie Andrijeski, violin; Laura Jeppesen, viola & viola da gamba; Phoebe Carrai, violoncello; Gonzalo Ruiz & Debra Nagy, oboe & recorder; Dominic Teresi, bassoon; Paul O’Dette & Stephen Stubbs, theorbo & guitar; Avi Stein, harpsichord; Tom Zajac, percussion

Boston Early Music Festival Dance Ensemble
Tina Cassidy, Caroline Copeland, Carlos Fittante & Melinda Sullivan

Boston Early Music Festival Youth Ensemble
Amanda Gregory, George MacDonald, Lauren Nohelty, Maggie Potvin & Addy Sleeman