Boston Early Music Festival Opera

Sun, 4 Dec 2022 3:00 pm


BEMFCOS opera Photography by Kathy WittmanLully, "Idylle sur la Paix" & Charpentier, "La Fête de Rueil"

Jean-Baptiste Lully's Idylle sur la Paix & Marc-Antoine 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.

Saturday, December 3 at 7:30 pm & Sunday, December 4 at 3 pm
Tickets: $55–$65

Morgan Library & Museum, 225 Madison Avenue, Manhattan

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GEMS is a non-profit corporation that supports and promotes the artists and organizations in New York devoted to early music — playing repertoire from the Medieval, Renaissance, Baroque, and early Classical periods.