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Agostino Steffani’s Orlando
June 12 @ 7:00 pm - 10:30 pm EDT
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Journey to a fantastical world of wizards and dragons as the GRAMMY-winning Boston Early Music Festival presents the fully staged North American premiere of Agostino Steffani’s 1691 opera Orlando generoso. The valiant knight Orlando travels to distant China in search of his love, Princess Angelica. When she rejects him, he spirals into self-doubt and madness in a psychological drama full of magic and mystery. Based on Ludovico Ariosto’s 16th-century epic, Orlando is a profound masterpiece that deconstructs medieval myths to examine deeply human themes of desire, love, jealousy, and madness.
BEMF continues an award-winning exploration of the music of Agostino Steffani with this brand-new production. Immensely popular during his lifetime, Steffani’s operas dazzled audiences with deeply expressive arias and duets and awe-inspiring special effects. With enchanted castles, a luxurious foreign court, and winged beasts taking to the skies, this vivid entertainment comes alive for Boston audiences with gorgeous, period-inspired costumes, brilliant sets, and breathtaking flying machines. Enjoy truly ravishing performances from our all-star cast of singers, dancers, and instrumentalists, led by GRAMMY-winner Aaron Sheehan in the title role.
Paul O’Dette & Stephen Stubbs, Musical Directors
Gilbert Blin, Stage Director
Robert Mealy, Concertmaster
Melinda Sullivan, Dance Director
Marie-Nathalie Lacoursière, Choreographer
Anna Watkins, Costume Designer
Gilbert Blin, Set Designer
Kelly Martin, Lighting Designer
Ellen Hargis, Assistant Stage Director
Kathleen Fay, Executive Producer
Aaron Sheehan, Orlando
Amanda Forsythe, Angelica
Emőke Baráth, Bradamante
Christopher Lowery, Ruggiero
Kacper Szelążek, Medoro
Jesse Blumberg, Atalante
Flavio Ferri-Benedetti, Galafro
Zachary Wilder, Brunello
Teresa Wakim, Melissa