BEMF Chamber Opera Series Presents: Lully's Idylle sur la Paix & Charpentier's La Fête de Rueil
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. 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.
These splendid chamber operas are led by BEMF’s GRAMMY-winning Musical Directors Paul O’Dette and Stephen Stubbs and acclaimed Stage Director Gilbert Blin. With an all-star roster of 26 singers, dancers, and instrumentalists, this all-new production featuring period-inspired staging and lavish costumes will truly be an entertainment fit for a King!