Looking Back at Orpheus

2020/21 Season

Looking Back at Orpheus

A THANKSGIVING WEEKEND STREAMING EVENT!

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BEMF Chamber Opera Series presents

Monteverdi’s Orfeo

Paul O'Dette & Stephen Stubbs, Musical Directors
Gilbert Blin, Stage Director

FRIDAY, NOVEMBER 27, 2020 | 8PM (EST)
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BEMF Chamber Opera Series presents

Charpentier’s La Descente d’Orphée aux Enfers

Paul O'Dette & Stephen Stubbs, Musical Directors
Gilbert Blin, Stage Director

SUNDAY, NOVEMBER 29, 2020 | 3PM (EST)
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BEMF presents

Campra’s Orfeo nell'Inferi

Paul O'Dette & Stephen Stubbs, Musical Directors
Gilbert Blin, Stage Director

SUNDAY, NOVEMBER 29, 2020 | 6PM (EST)
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The GRAMMY-winning Boston Early Music Festival Chamber Opera Series opens our treasure trove of video archives for the first time to share FREE streaming broadcasts of two BEMF Chamber Opera Series productions inspired by the Orpheus legend: Monteverdi’s Orfeo and Charpentier’s La Descente d’Orphée aux Enfers. Enjoy this operatic feast alongside a marathon of new videos, including behind-the-scenes featurettes, pre-opera talks, and a 30-minute excerpt from our 2017 fully staged production of Campra’s Le Carnaval de Venise featuring an Orpheus-themed “opera-within-an-opera”!

Two Weeks of New Videos!

While the two “Streaming Broadcast” videos were available to watch until Thursday, December 10, all other videos will remain available for the foreseeable future.

A Welcome from the Artistic Leadership Team
Featurette: Looking Back at Monteverdi's Orfeo
Featurette: Looking Back at Charpentier's Orphée
Featurette: Aaron Sheehan as Orpheus
Pre-Opera Talk: Monteverdi's Orfeo
Pre-Opera Talk: Charpentier's Orphée

FRIDAY, NOVEMBER 27, 2020

8PM | Streaming Broadcast: Monteverdi’s Orfeo
10:15PM | Post-Opera Q&A

SUNDAY, NOVEMBER 29, 2020

3PM | Streaming Broadcast: Charpentier’s Orphée
5PM | Post-Opera Q&A
6PM | Opera Excerpt: Campra’s Le Carnaval de Venise | WATCH ON YOUTUBE

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. We invite you to join our growing family of supporters by making a tax-deductible contribution today at BEMF.org/SUPPORT.

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).