David R Gammons

John Blow’s Venus & Adonis (circa 1683) was composed and performed as a “masque” – an entertainment of music, song, drama, and dance presented for the King of England and his lively court. Blow’s operatic rendition of this oft-told myth celebrates the full spectrum of dramatic storytelling, ranging in style and mood from delightful pastoral comedy to passionate romance, and ultimately arriving at solemn tragedy. A stunning new production re-imagines this rarely-performed Baroque gem as a kind of art museum come alive – its sumptuous music breathing life and love into a host of gorgeous sculptures and paintings that animate and entertain.

Venus & Adonis

Opera by John Blow


June 17-19, 2022
Cambridge Chamber Ensemble
Cambridge Multicultural Arts Center, Cambridge, MA

Photos: David R. Gammons