Founded in 1985 and based in Victoria BC, the Early Music Society is a non-profit, volunteer-run society dedicated to offering accomplished performances of music composed prior to 1800. The Society is in its 29th season.
“A must-see event for those who love Baroque opera” THE ARTS FUSE
“musically intelligent and dramatically affecting” THE BOSTON GLOBE
Performed by Boston Early Music Festival (USA), Paul O’Dette and Stephen Stubbs, Musical Directors
Friday 14 March and Saturday 15 March 2014, 8 pm McPherson Playhouse, Victoria
For the first time ever, Victoria audiences will have the opportunity to experience a semi-staged baroque opera, performed in a period style by one of the world’s leading baroque music ensembles. Close to thirty singers, dancers and musicians will perform a double bill of operas by Marc-Antoine Charpentier, first played for the Dauphin of France. Two jewels of the French Baroque, these operas are a brilliant fusion of music, drama, and dance. Paul O’Dette and Stephen Stubbs, reigning authorities on early music, lead the internationally acclaimed singers, instrumentalists, and dancers of the Boston Early Music Festival. This is the most ambitious production in EMSI’s almost thirty-year history.
For more information including libretti, synopsis, and video, please visit the concert page.
To ensure the best seats, purchase your tickets early for this special event.
Co-presented with Pacific Opera Victoria
(Behind-the-Scenes Preview video by Kathy Wittman, Ball Square Films.)
EMSI embraces the idea that early music deserves to be heard with close to its original intent. To that end, our concerts feature period instruments, accurate scores, and historical performance practices.
Renowned artists, both international and homegrown, have graced our stage.
The list of soloists and ensembles presented by EMSI is a who’s who of the international early music scene :
|Anonymous 4||Nancy Argenta||Baltimore Consort||Concerto Koln|
|Ens. Clement Janequin||Fretwork||The Harp Consort||John Holloway|
|Monica Huggett||Dame Emma Kirkby||Ton Koopman||London Baroque|
|Orlando Consort||Red Priest||Jordi Savall||Sequentia|
|Stile Antico||Tafelmusik||Daniel Taylor|
and a host of others.