GRAMMY-winning Boston Early Music Festival mixes Monty Python with Handel in The Dragon of Wantley

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Monty Python meets Handel in an all-new production from the GRAMMY-winning Boston Early Music Festival Chamber Opera Series! Go behind the scenes and into the rehearsal studio for our upcoming production of John Frederick Lampe's 1737 comic opera The Dragon of Wantley. Enjoy this hilarious farce when it comes to Boston on Thanksgiving weekend 2023—November 25 & 26 at NEC's Jordan Hall in Boston. The production then goes on tour to Miami on November 30 and Troy, New York on December 2.
An all ~ This Thanksgiving weekend, the GRAMMY Award-winning Boston Early Music Festival Chamber Opera Series will be presenting an all-new production of John Frederick Lampe's 1737 comedic opera The Dragon of Wantley. This hilarious farce follows the story of a fire-breathing dragon terrorizing the Yorkshire countryside and only the local squire can save the day—if he can be bothered to put down his beer!

The production will be led by BEMF's GRAMMY-winning Musical Directors Paul O'Dette and Stephen Stubbs and internationally acclaimed Stage Director Gilbert Blin. The stellar cast features GRAMMY winner Aaron Sheehan, GRAMMY nominee Teresa Wakim, soprano Hannah De Priest, and bass-baritones Douglas Williams and John Taylor Ward alongside the all-star BEMF Chamber Ensemble with Concertmaster Robert Mealy and the BEMF Dance Company with Choreographer Melinda Sullivan.

The Dragon of Wantley was the most popular opera of the entire 18th century in England, enjoying a 45-year run. Lampe deftly lampoons the excesses of Handelian opera in this hilarious farce.

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The production will be performed in Boston, MA on Saturday, November 25, and Sunday, November 26 at New England Conservatory's Jordan Hall before going on tour to Miami, FL on Thursday, November 30 presented by RK Cultural Productions and Troy, NY on Saturday, December 2 at the Troy Savings Bank Music Hall. A virtual presentation will follow from Saturday, December 9 through Saturday, December 23.

Tickets for both Boston performances are priced at $25-$125 each and can be purchased at https://BEMF.org or 617-661-1812. Tickets for Miami performance are available at https://rkculturalproductions.org while tickets for Troy performance can be purchased at http://troymusichall.org/. Both Boston performances will also feature an engaging pre-performance talk by celebrated author and musicologist Ellen T. Harris.

This is sure to be an unforgettable experience as Monty Python meets Handel in this all-new production from the GRAMMY Award winning Boston Early Music Festival Chamber Opera Series! Don't miss out on this unique opportunity to see this classic opera come to life!
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