VERSAILLES: Portrait of a Royal Domain
Boston Early Music Festival Chamber Opera Series
Saturday, November 26, 2016, 8pm
Sunday, November 27, 2016, 3pm
New England Conservatory’s Jordan Hall, 30 Gainsborough Street, Boston
The GRAMMY Award–winning BEMF Chamber Opera Series returns with an all-new production inspired by the splendor and music of the palace of Versailles. King Louis XIV transformed his father’s pastoral hunting lodge at Versailles into a lavish palace that served as the seat of government and culture in France. Enjoy a musical feast from the height of the Sun King’s reign with two chamber operas—Charpentier’s Les Plaisirs de Versailles and Lalande’s Les Fontaines de Versailles—exalting the splendor and majesty of the palace and its gardens, alongside excerpts from Lully’s Atys—called the “King’s Opera” for the favor it enjoyed with Louis XIV. The refined elegance and expressive drama is brought to life by the all-star BEMF Vocal and Chamber Ensembles in a magnificent production featuring gorgeous costumes, Baroque dance, and sumptuous staging. Pre-Opera Talk with Benoît Dratwicki, Artistic Director of the Centre de Musique Baroque de Versailles, one hour prior to each performance.