Broadcast: Campra’s Le Carnaval de Venise

Looking Back at Orpheus | 2020/21 Season

Campra’s Le Carnaval de Venise

Sunday, November 29, 2020 at 6pm (EST)

This excerpt will premiere on our YouTube channel on Sunday, November 29, 2020 at 6pm (EST) and will remain available after that date.

The GRAMMY-winning Boston Early Music Festival is Looking Back at Orpheus this Thanksgiving weekend with streaming broadcasts of two chamber operas based on the Orpheus myth and a special excerpt from our 2017 production of Le Carnaval de Venise, André Campra's captivating 1699 opéra-ballet. The delights of the Carnival season in Venice come alive onstage in a colorful parade of beautiful, period-inspired costumes and magnificent sets—enjoying games, dances, and in this special 30-minute excerpt, a brilliantly realized “opera within an opera”, a miniature Italian opera on the Orpheus myth. Campra was the leading composer of opera in France between the death of Lully and the emergence of Rameau, and thrilled audiences and royal patrons alike with some of the most gorgeous music in the Baroque repertoire.

BEMF’s GRAMMY–winning Musical Directors Paul O’Dette and Stephen Stubbs and internationally acclaimed Stage Director Gilbert Blin led the production, which featured an outstanding cast of 19 singers, the 27-member Boston Early Music Festival Orchestra led by Concertmaster Robert Mealy, a troupe of 10 Baroque dancers led by Dance Director Melinda Sullivan and performing choreography by Caroline Copeland, lavish costumes designed by Anna Watkins, and sumptuous staging inspired by the color and variety of 17th-century operatic spectacle.

Produced in partnership with the Centre de musique baroque de Versailles

Part of our "Looking Back at Orpheus" Broadcast Event!


We are committed to compensating the  gifted artists who bring this beautiful music to life. BEMF is able to make this concert freely available due to the generous contributions of hundreds of passionate music lovers around the world. We hope you will consider joining them by making a donation today.

Critical Acclaim

“Downright hilarious … the pleasure is infinite.”

—The Boston Globe

“BEMF spares no effort when it stages opera.”



Paul O'Dette & Stephen Stubbs, Musical Directors
Gilbert Blin, Stage Director
Robert Mealy, Concertmaster
Melinda Sullivan, Dance Director
Caroline Copeland, Choreographer
Anna Watkins, Costume Designer
Gilbert Blin, Set Designer
Christopher Ostrom, Lighting Designer
Ellen Hargis, Assistant Stage Director
Kathleen Fay, Executive Producer


"Orfeo nell'inferi"

Christian Immler, Plutone
Teresa Wakim, Un' Ombra Fortunata
Aaron Sheehan, Orfeo
Molly Netter, Euridice
Erica Schuller, Une Nymphe
Mireille Lebel, Une Nymphe

Thomas Albanese, Mindy Ella Chu, Hannah De Priest, Daniel Fridley, Ekaterina Gorlova, Suzanne Karpov, Bradley King, Davon Morin, Ashley Mulcahy, Corbin Phillips, Ian Pomerantz, Mark Williams, Coro di Numi infernali

Caroline Copeland, Carlos Fittante, Olsi Gjeci, Marie-Nathalie Lacoursière, Scott Weber, Coro di Foletti

Jesse Blumberg, David Evans, Amanda Forsythe, Karina Gauvin, José Lemos, Jason McStoots, Nathan Medley, Virgina Warnken Kelsey, Douglas Williams, Audience in the opera house

Boston Early Music Festival Dance Company

Melinda Sullivan, Dance Director
Caroline Copeland, Ben Delony, Olsi Gjeci, Caitlin Klinger, Alexis Silver, Andrew Trego & Scott Weber; Marie-Nathalie Lacoursière, Guest Dancer

Boston Early Music Festival Orchestra

Robert Mealy, Concertmaster
Julie Andrijeski, Beth Wenstrom, Sarah Darling, Johanna Novom & Jesse Irons, violin; Miloš Valent, Dagmar Valentová, Daniel Elyar, Karina Schmitz, Laura Jeppesen & David Douglass, viola; Phoebe Carrai, Beiliang Zhu, David Morris & Michael Unterman, violoncello; Doug Balliett, double bass; Gonzalo X. Ruiz & Kathryn Montoya, oboe & recorder; Debra Nagy, taille d'hautbois; Dominic Teresi, bassoon; Samuel Budish, percussion; Michael Sponseller, harpsichord; Paul O'Dette, Stephen Stubbs & Charles Weaver, theorbo; Erin Headley, viola da gamba

On-Stage musicians: Ryaan Ahmed, theorbo & Baroque guitar; Samuel Budish, pipe and tabor

Boston Early Music Festival Young Artists Training Program

Gilbert Blin, Founder & Director
Jason McStoots, Associate Director, 2017
Jeffrey Grossman, répétiteur
Thomas Albanese, Mindy Ella Chu, Hannah De Priest, Julian Donahue, Daniel Fridley, Ekaterina Gorlova, Lindsay Gray, Suzanne Karpov, Devon Michael Morin, Ashley Mulcahy & Corbin Phillips, 2017 Young Artists