2012 Orfeo

BEMF Opera | 2012 Chamber Opera Series

Monteverdi’s Orfeo

Saturday, November 24, 2012 at 8pm
Sunday, November 25, 2012 at 3pm
New England Conservatory's Jordan Hall

The “popular tradition among local early music fans” (The Boston Globe) continues over Thanksgiving weekend with the fifth annual BEMF Chamber Opera Series presentation: a new production of Monteverdi's Orfeo.

Widely regarded as the first great opera, Orfeo features one of opera’s most adored stories, in which the heroic Orfeo endures the tragic death of his beloved Euridice, and travels to the underworld to plead for her return.

Breathtaking in its beauty and variety, this masterpiece defined an art form still in its infancy with rich instrumental colors, dramatic word painting, and a virtuosic opulence of tone and texture. Experience this magical musical entertainment, exquisitely presented by the internationally acclaimed directors, singers, instrumentalists, and dancers of the Boston Early Music Festival!

This production was reprised at the June 2015 Festival.


Critical Acclaim

“Equally rewarding as music and drama.”

—The Boston Globe

“An enchanting production.”

—Boston Classical Review

Production Video

Behind-The-Scenes Video


Paul O’Dette & Stephen Stubbs, Musical Directors
Gilbert Blin, Stage Director
Anna Watkins, Costume Designer
Melinda Sullivan, Choreographer
Lenore Doxsee, Lighting Designer
Robert Mealy, concertmaster


Aaron Sheehan, Orfeo
Teresa Wakim, Ninfa and Proserpina
Mireille Asselin, La Musica and Euridice
Shannon Mercer, Messagiera
Ryland Angel, Pastore I and Speranza
Jason McStoots, Pastore II and Apollo
Charles Blandy, Pastore III
Olivier Laquerre, Plutone
Douglas Williams, Pastore IV and Caronte

Boston Early Music Festival Chamber Ensemble

Robert Mealy, concertmaster

Concerto Palatino

Bruce Dickey & Charles Toet, directors
Carlos Fittante, Dancer