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JUN 11 - 18, 2017
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The Operatic Centerpiece of the 2017 Boston Early Music Festival!


The GRAMMY-winning Boston Early Music Festival presents an enchanting spectacle of music and dance with an all-new production of Le Carnaval de Venise, André Campra's captivating 1699 opéra-ballet. Join four star-crossed lovers as they experience the delights of the Carnival season in Venice—enjoying games, dances, and even a brilliantly realized “opera within an opera”, a miniature Italian opera on the Orpheus myth. This exquisite gem joins the elegance of French dance with the boisterous hilarity of Italian commedia dell’arte to produce a splendid feast for eyes and ears!


“A stunning, revelatory production.” —The Wall Street Journal


The Boston Early Music Festival’s groundbreaking production of Le Carnaval de Venise promises a dazzling parade of extravagant costumes, magnificent sets, breathtaking dance, and truly ravishing music. BEMF’s GRAMMY Award–winning Musical Directors Paul O’Dette and Stephen Stubbs and internationally acclaimed Stage Director Gilbert Blin lead the production, which features an outstanding cast of 20 soloists, the 35-member Boston Early Music Festival Orchestra led by Concertmaster Robert Mealy, a troupe of Baroque dancers 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.


“Theatrically vibrant and musically superb.” —The Boston Globe


Though his music is rarely heard today, Campra was a leading composer of opera in France between the death of Lully and the emergence of Rameau. He flourished, in part, thanks to his engaging innovation, the opéra-ballet—a new form that eschewed mythological tragedies to instead focus on variety and opulence, inviting the audience to indulge in imaginative exotica. This enabled Campra to weave together exciting new styles from Italy with the best of the French traditions, thrilling audiences and royal patrons alike with some of the most gorgeous music in the Baroque repertoire.

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