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.
Lully’s Idylle sur la Paix and Charpentier’s La Fête de Rueil were each commissioned in 1685 for lavish garden parties planned by French courtiers to celebrate King Louis XIV. In this semi-staged production, both pieces feature an idyllic utopia where shepherds in the French countryside celebrate a recent truce “given” to Europe by the Sun King. The genius of Charpentier and Lully raises these formal tributes to musical masterpieces where dazzling singing combines with charming dances in a vivid depiction of the people’s desire for peace.
Paul O’Dette & Stephen Stubbs, Musical Directors
Gilbert Blin, Stage Director; Robert Mealy, Concertmaster
Melinda Sullivan, Dance Director; Gwen van den Eijnde, Costume Designer
Kelly Martin, Lighting Designer; Kathleen Fay, Executive Producer
Boston Early Music Festival Vocal Ensemble
Danielle Reutter-Harrah, soprano
Teresa Wakim, soprano
Mirielle Lebel, mezzo-soprano
Jason McStoots, tenor
James Reese, tenor
Aaron Sheehan, tenor
John Taylor Ward, bass-baritone
Jonathan Woody, bass-baritone
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