Boston Early Music Festival Vocal & Chamber Ensembles

Sunday, March 3, 2024, 3–5 PM
$50; $40 for Morgan Members

A Garden of Earthly Delights at the Papal Court: Marco Marazzoli’s extravagant musical entertainments

Paul O’Dette & Stephen Stubbs, Musical Directors, Teresa WakimCarlotta Colombo & Alissa Mageesopranos; James Reese & Aaron Sheehantenor; Jesse Blumbergbaritone; John Taylor Wardbass-baritone

Boston Early Music Festival

Since 1980, the Boston Early Music Festival has been at the forefront for excellence in the field of Early Music throughout North America. BEMF began co-presenting concerts and opera productions at the Morgan in 2006.

Marco Marazzoli’s cantatas for six voices, two violins, and continuo are exquisite miniature dramas, with a kaleidoscopic variety of vocal arias, duets, and trios culminating in glorious choruses. Each cantata treats a different subject: one features Bacchus and his followers overindulging in the grape harvest, another recounts Radamisto’s daring escape from the clutches of vengeful King Tiridate. Il Riposo conjures the peace and tranquility of the papal retreat at Lake Gandolfo, while another, La Guerra e la Pace, is an allegory of the struggle between War and Peace, in celebration of the Peace of the Pyrenees between Spain and France, which was finally concluded after the intervention of Pope Alexander VII, Marazzoli’s patron. A thrilling cast of seven singers brings Marazzoli’s extraordinary harmonies to life accompanied by the incomparable BEMF Chamber Ensemble in a modern premiere of these magnificent works.

Pre-concert talk: 
2:30 PM

BEMF Chamber Ensemble. Photography by Kathy Wittman

Please call (212) 685-0008 ext. 560 or e-mail for information.