Friday, March 14, 2014 - Saturday, March 15, 2014
McPherson Playhouse (CONCERT VENUE)
Boston Early Music Festival: Vocal, Chamber and Dance Ensembles (USA)
Paul O’Dette and Stephen Stubbs, Musical Directors
La Descente d’Orphée aux Enfers
and La Couronne de Fleurs
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. This is the most ambitious production in EMSI’s almost thirty-year history.
Two jewels of the French Baroque, the 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.
Orphée is a blend of two operas by Marc-Antoine Charpentier. The operas, dating from 1685 and 1686, are presented as a play within a play – a musical contest framing the story of Orpheus and Euridice.
La Couronne de Fleurs, based on a text by Molière, depicts a musical contest in tribute to Louis XIV as shepherds vie for a crown of flowers from the goddess Flora for the most beautiful and eloquent aria. These miniature masterpieces showcase one of the great composers of the French Baroque. The short opera La Descente d’Orphée aux Enfers is presented as a further entry in the poetic contest, telling the famous story of Orphée, who decends into the underworld to use his musical powers to rescue his beloved Euridice. These miniature masterpieces showcase one of the great composers of the French Baroque.
Playful, elegant, and haunting, this performance is a perfect melding of consummate musicianship and exhilarating theatricality.
A must-see for those who love the art of the Baroque and the glory of Opera!
“musically intelligent and dramatically affecting” THE BOSTON GLOBE
Co-presented with Pacific Opera Victoria
French Baroque Opera by Robert Holliston
Visit the Boston Early Music Festival webpage
Behind-the-Scenes Preview video by Kathy Wittman, Ball Square Films.
Founded in 1980, the Boston Early Music Society has long been one of the leading groups in the performance of music from the Medieval, Renaissance, Baroque and Classical eras, acclaimed internationally for their artistry, technical polish, style, scrupulous research, and above all excitement and drama. This is a perfect opportunity for Victorians to acquaint ourselves with the bewitching and unique world of French Baroque opera, made only more perfect by the performers. NOT TO BE MISSED!!
Boston Early Music Festival Chamber Opera Series
Boston Early Music Festival Vocal Ensemble
Boston Early Music Festival Chamber Ensemble
Boston Early Music Festival Dance Ensemble
Personnel Subject to Change
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