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

An all-new production of this English Baroque opera comes to Boston, Miami, and Troy, NY starting Thanksgiving weekend

BOSTON, Nov. 20, 2023 /PRNewswire/ -- Monty Python meets Handel this Thanksgiving weekend as the GRAMMY Award-winning Boston Early Music Festival Chamber Opera Series returns with an all-new production of John Frederick Lampe's 1737 comedic opera The Dragon of Wantley. A fire-breathing dragon is terrorizing the Yorkshire countryside and only the local squire can save the day. If only he can be bothered to put down his beer!

The opera will be performed in Boston, MA on Saturday, November 25, and Sunday, November 26, 2023 at New England Conservatory's Jordan Hall before going on tour to Miami, FL on Thursday, November 30, 2023 presented by RK Cultural Productions and Troy, NY on Saturday, December 2, 2023 at the Troy Savings Bank Music Hall. A virtual presentation will follow, available from Saturday, December 9 through Saturday, December 23, 2023.

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. This all-new production is 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.

Tickets for the Boston performances are priced at $25, $45, $60, $90, and $125 each, and can be purchased at and 617-661-1812. Tickets for the Miami performance are available at while tickets for the Troy performance can be purchased at Both Boston performances will be preceded by an engaging pre-performance talk by celebrated author and musicologist Ellen T. Harris.

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Recognized as the preeminent early music presenter and Baroque opera producer in North America, the Boston Early Music Festival offers diverse programs and activities, including Award-winning opera recordings, an annual concert series in Boston and New York, and a biennial week-long Festival and Exhibition recognized as the "world's leading festival of early music" (The Times, London).

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