Boston Early Music Festival

“The Boston Early Music Festival has released its fourth Baroque opera CD on the German label CPO with support from Radio Bremen. Marc-Antoine Charpentier's Actéon, performed in the inaugural season of the BEMF Chamber Opera Series in November 2008, was recorded in the acoustically brilliant Sendesaal in Bremen in September 2009. BEMF's recording will also feature two additional secular, theatrical works by Charpentier; the cantata Orphée descendant aux Enfers and a divertissement for the play La Pierre Philosophale. Written during the spring hunting season in 1684, Charpentier's Actéon, is a gorgeous retelling of the Greek myth in which the title character discovers the goddess Diane bathing with her attendants in the woods. He incurs her wrath when he is transformed into a deer and torn apart by his own hounds. Jeremy Eichler of The Boston Globe praised BEMF's 2008 production for its "vivid performances" and called the Chamber Opera Series a "highly welcome addition to the local concert calendar." Musical Directors Paul O'Dette and Stephen Stubbs return to oversee the recording which reunites most of the original cast and the BEMF chamber ensemble which the Boston Phoenix called "a who's who of stylish early music players". Aaron Sheehan heads up the cast in the title role alongside Teresa Wakim as Diane, Mireille Lebel as Hyalé and Junon, Lydia Brotherton as Daphné, and Amanda Forsythe as Aréthuse as well as nine additional voices to round out the BEMF Vocal Ensemble.”

Actéon (Charpentier)

Amanda Forsythe, Aréthuse, Proserpine
Mireille Lebel, Hyalé & Junon
Lydia Brotherton, Daphné
Olivier Laquerre, A Hunter
Aaron Sheehan, Actéon
Teresa Wakim, The Goddess Diana
Paul O'Dette, Musical Direction
Gilbert Blin, Stage Director
Stephen Stubbs, Musical Direction
Boston Early Music Festival Orchestra, Orchestra
Robert Mealy, Concertmaster
Boston Early Music Festival Chorus, Choir

La Pierre Philosophale (Charpentier)

Lydia Brotherton, Le Feu
Olivier Laquerre, L'Eau
Teresa Wakim, La Petite Gnomide
Zachary Wilder, Un Silphe
Paul O'Dette, Musical Direction
Stephen Stubbs, Musical Direction
Boston Early Music Festival Orchestra, Orchestra
Robert Mealy, Concertmaster

Dates:

Recorded : 26 Sept 2009 to 30 Sept 2009
Where : Radio Bremen's Concert Hall, Boston

Released : 2011


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