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“BEMF operas set the gold standard for sophistication, elegance and artistic sensibility.”

The Boston Herald


Photo by Andre Constanini

Music by Agostino Steffani (1653–1728)
Libretto by Luigi Orlandi, after Ovid's Metamorphoses

"Jaroussky [sang] with style, conviction, and at its more intimate moments a poignant sweetness of tone"
The Boston Globe

Sun, June 12, 3:30pm | Tue, June 14, 7pm | Wed, June 15, 7pm
Fri, June 17, 7pm | Sun, June 19, 3:30pm

Cutler Majestic Theatre at Emerson College, Boston, MA

Fri, June 24, 7pm | Sat, June 25, 7pm
Mahaiwe Performing Arts Center, Great Barrington, MA

Purchase tickets for the 2011 Operatic Centerpiece! Individual seats are available through the Cutler Majestic Theatre Box Office at or 617-824-8000. For Mahaiwe tickets, please visit


Watch a behind-the-scenes preview video

Take an INSIDE LOOK at the production

Join the Boston Early Music Festival in June for the North American premiere of Agostino Steffani’s Niobe, Regina di Tebe (Niobe, Queen of Thebes)—an operatic masterpiece first performed as the opening spectacle at the 1688 Carnival in Munich. Steffani was a force in shaping the operatic culture of Germany, and had an enormous influence on the music of Handel. Steffani’s gorgeous music will immerse the listener in a magical drama of soaring triumphs and searing tragedy.

Niobe recounts the story of the Queen of Thebes, one of the most tragic figures in Greek mythology, who ruled over the city of Thebes with her husband Anfione. Niobe’s immense pride earns her family the merciless wrath of the gods. With elegant costumes, breathtaking sets, and Baroque flying machines, this heart-wrenching story will come alive in a dazzling spectacle for both eye and ear.

This stunning production will feature a BEMF audience favorite, soprano Amanda Forsythe, in the title role, and the sensational French countertenor, Philippe Jaroussky, who received Europe’s prestigious 2008 Echo Award for Best Singer of the Year, as King Anfione. They head a cast of leading international opera singers, who perform alongside the thirty virtuosos who comprise our three-time Grammy nominated BEMF Orchestra, a colorful ensemble of Baroque dancers, a gifted children’s troupe, and many others.

Read a synopsis by Gilbert Blin and Ellen Hargis

Download the Niobe, Regina di Tebe libretto

Paul O’Dette & Stephen Stubbs,

Musical Directors

Gilbert Blin, Stage Director

Caroline Copeland & Carlos Fittante, Choreographers

Anna Watkins, Costume Designer

Gilbert Blin, Set Designer

Lenore Doxsee, Lighting Designer

Kathleen Fay, Executive Producer

Abbie H. Katz, Associate Producer

Ellen Hargis, Assistant Stage Director

Flying effects provided by ZFX, Inc.

Amanda Forsythe, Niobe

Philippe Jaroussky, Anfione

Yulia Van Doren, Manto

Charles Robert Stephens, Tiresia

Kevin D. Skelton, Clearte

Matthew White, Creonte

Jesse Blumberg, Poliferno

Colin Balzer, Tiberino

Jose Lemos, Nerea

BEMF Orchestra
Cynthia Roberts, Concertmaster
Robert Mealy, Miloš Valent, Peter Spissky,
Dagmar Valentová, Julie Andrijeski,
Cynthia Miller Freivogel, Daniel Elyar
& Johanna Novom, violin
Pat Jordan, Laura Jeppesen & David Douglass, viola
Phoebe Carrai, David Morris, Sarah Freiberg
& Brent Wissick, basse de violon
Robert Nairn, double bass
Gonzalo X. Ruiz & Kathryn Montoya, oboe & recorder
Mathieu Lussier, bassoon
John Thiessen, Alexander Bonus, Brian Shaw
& Kris Kwapis, trumpet
Ben Harms, percussion
Paul O’Dette & Stephen Stubbs, theorbo & Baroque guitar
Maxine Eilander, Baroque harp
Luca Guglielmi, harpsichord
Erin Headley, viola da gamba

Off-stage Viol Consort, Christel Thielmann, director
Caitlin Cribbs, Rachael Ryan & Beiliang Zhu

BEMF Dance Ensemble
Melinda Sullivan, Ballet Mistress

Caroline Copeland, Carlos Fittante & Karin Modigh,
featured dancers
Olsi Gjeci, Andrew Trego & Scott Weber, dancers

BEMF Young Artists Training Program
Hernan Berisso
Julia Cavallaro
Abigail Renée Krawson
Sean Lair
Alexander Nishibun
Brendan Quinn
Jay Lloyd Smith
Megan Stapleton


PALS Children's Chorus
Alysoun Kegel, Artistic Director

Jill Carrier, Executive Director
Carolina Bragg
Samuel Greene
Kevin Liao
Jerilyn McLean
Emy Metzger
Frederick Metzger
Max Morganstern
Felicia Rosen
Julia Shneyderman
Elias Sink
Eric Traub
Javier Werner






Production Credits

Mercedes Roman-Manson, Production Manager
Darren Brannon, Production Stage Manager
Gordon Manson, Technical Director
Arunas Ciuberkis, Company Manager
Justin Paice, Master Electrician
Rebecca Hylton, Costume Shop Supervisor
Seth Bodie, Wig Supervisor
Chelsea Basler, Makeup Supervisor
Ron Demarco, Props Master
James McCartney, Sound Designer

Maria van Kalken, Assistant to the Executive Producer
Laudon Schuett, Assistant to the Musical Directors
and the BEMF Orchestra

Rémy-Michel Trotier, Artistic Assistant to the Set Designer
Camille Tanguy, Research Assistant to the Stage Director
Julie Streeter, Assistant Production Ma
Leslie Chiu, Assistant to the Associate Producer
Leslie Sears, Assistant Stage Manager
Alycia Marucci, Assistant Stage Manager
James Garner, Assistant Technical Director
Jen Bertha, Assistant Master Electrician
Ellen Hargis, Supertitle Creator
Dan McGaha, Supertitle Supervisor
Gina Rhodes, Stitcher
Janet Meyers, Costume Crafts
Mary Lauve, Dresser
Katherine “Kat” Nakaji, Stage Run Crew
Zak Fayssoux, Stage Run Crew
Daniel Alaimo, Stage Run Crew
William Delorm, Stage Run Crew

Ryan Began, Intern, Assistant to the Stage Director
Caitlin Klinger, Intern, Assistant to the Choreographers
Lorraine Fitzmaurice, Intern, Assistant Company Manager
Sarah Hager, Intern, Assistant Company Manager