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Festival: Boston Early Music Festival

Biography

June 11th – 18th, 2017

Universally recognized as the preeminent early music presenter and Baroque opera producer in North America, the Boston Early Music Festival has been credited with securing Boston’s reputation as “America’s early music capital” (The Boston Globe). Founded in 1981, BEMF offers diverse programs and activities, including one GRAMMY® Award-winning and three GRAMMY® Award-nominated opera recordings, an annual concert series that brings early music’s brightest stars to the Boston and New York concert stages, and a biennial week-long Festival and Exhibition recognized as the “arguably the most important and influential Early Music event in the world.” (BBC Radio 3). Each Festival features a fully-staged operatic centerpiece, dozens of Festival and Fringe Concerts, and the world-famous Exhibition, showcasing instrument makers, music publishers, and other Early Music professionals.

One of BEMF’s main goals is to unearth and present lesser-known Baroque operas performed by the world’s leading musicians armed with the latest information on period singing, orchestral performance, scenic design, costuming, dance, and staging. BEMF operas reproduce the Baroque’s stunning palette of sound by bringing together today’s leading operatic superstars and a wealth of instrumental talent from across the globe to one stage for historic presentations, all zestfully led from the pit by the Musical Directors Paul O’Dette and Stephen Stubbs, and creatively reimagined for the stage by Stage Director Gilbert Blin.

BEMF has a highly successful project to record some of its groundbreaking work in the field of Baroque opera. The recording of Charpentier’s La Descente d’Orphée aux Enfers for CPO (Classic Produktion Osnabrück) won a 2015 GRAMMY® Award in the category of Best Opera Recording. This was BEMF’s fourth GRAMMY® nomination for its series of Baroque Opera recordings following Conradi's Ariadne in 2006, Lully's Thésée in 2007, and Lully's Psyché in 2008.

For full information, visit the Boston Early Music Festival website.

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BEMF presents La serva padrona and Livietta e Tracollo

Amanda Forsythe (Serpina), Douglas Williams (Uberto), and Carlos Fittante (BEMF Dance Company) © Kathy Wittman
A riotous double bill of Pergolesi at the Boston Early Music Festival.
*****
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Handel’s La Resurrezione brought blazingly to life

Handel's La Resurrezione © Kathy Wittman
Handel's La Resurrezione, anchored the Boston Early Music Festival’s Thursday programs in a dramatic reading by many of the same forces performing Campra’s La Carnaval de Venise.
****1
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Campra capers: Le Carnaval de Venise

David Evans, Jesse Blumberg and Ryaan Ahmed © Kathy Wittman
With Lully’s death in 1687 and Louis XIV’s increasing immersion in religious piety under the influence of Madame de Maintenon, the court ceased to exercise a strangle hold on opera.
****1
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