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NEC's Jordan Hall

Friday, Mar 10
8 PM
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Biber

The Mystery Sonatas

In a very different vein, our March concert will be a rare and major event:  the complete cycle of The Mystery Sonatas of Heinrich Biber played by our virtuosic concertmaster and soloist Christina Day Martinson with members of our ensemble. This Baroque masterpiece depicts the mysteries of the rosary, will use four violins in different tunings, and will be not only a technical tour de force but a deeply moving, glorious experience that you will not want to miss.

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  • Christina Day Martinsonviolin

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It depicts the mysteries of the rosary, will use four violins in different tunings, and will be not only a technical tour de force but a deeply moving, glorious experience that you will not want to miss.

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30 Gainsborough St, Boston MA

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NEC's Jordan Hall

Friday, Apr 21
7:30 PM
Sunday, Apr 23
3:00 PM
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Handel

OPERA: Giulio Cesare

The season’s operatic production will be Handel’s Giulio Cesare, directed by Mary Birnbaum. Soprano Susanna Phillips returns to Boston Baroque once again after her acclaimed performances last spring of 2015 in Agrippina, this time making her role debut of Cleopatra in Giulio Cesare. Countertenors Lawrence Zazzo and John Holiday will make their Boston Baroque debuts with Zazzo in the title role as Cesare and Holiday as Cleopatra’s brother Tolomeo. All under the music direction of Martin Pearlman.

Featuring

  • Susanna Phillipssoprano as Cleopatra

  • Lawrence Zazzocountertenor as Cesare

  • John Holidaycountertenor as Tolomeo

  • Ann McMahon Quinteromezzo-soprano as Cornelia

  • Jennifer Riveramezzo-soprano as Sesto

  • David McFerrinbaritone as Achilles

  • Douglas Dodsoncountertenor as Nireno

  • Jacob Cooperbaritone as Curio

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Soprano Susanna Phillips returns to Boston Baroque once again after her acclaimed performances last spring of 2015 in Agrippina, this time making her role debut of Cleopatra in Giulio Cesare. “. . . with Susanna Phillips in the title role, vocally riveting, dramatically confident and with power in reserve. Her “Pensieri voi mi tormentate,” in which this queen of deception movingly admits to her own fears, brought some of the evening’s best singing,” wrote Jeremy Eichler in his Boston Globe review. Countertenors Lawrence Zazzo and John Holiday will make their Boston Baroque debuts with Zazzo in the title role as Cesare and Holiday as Cleopatra’s brother Tolomeo. “Lawrence Zazzo’s outstandingly imperious title-hero is the best sung and acted countertenor performance of the part (Giulio Cesare) I’ve encountered,” wrote Gramophone. Mezzo-soprano Jennifer Rivera, who performed with Boston Baroque in its 2014 acclaimed production and Grammy® nominated recording of Il ritorno d’Ulisse in Patria, makes a return as Sesto. Mezzo-soprano Ann McMahon Quintero, a regular with Boston Baroque, completes the cast as Cornelia. Critically acclaimed rising star stage director Mary Birnbaum makes her Boston Baroque debut in this production.

Venue Address

30 Gainsborough St, Boston MA

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NEC's Jordan Hall

Friday, Oct 20
8:00 pm
Sunday, Oct 22
3:00 pm
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Mozart

Requiem

The drama and mystery of Mozart’s Requiem, one of his best known and most beloved works, opens Boston Baroque’s season with a cast of our audience’s favorite soloists including Boston favorite soprano Amanda Forsythe. Joining on the all-Mozart program are his joyful concert aria Exsultate, Jubilate and sweeping Symphony No. 40.

Featuring

  • Amanda Forsythesoprano

  • Ann McMahn Quinteromezzo-soprano

  • Thomas Cooleytenor

  • Kevin Deasbass-baritone

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30 Gainsborough St, Boston MA

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NEC's Jordan Hall

Friday, Dec 8
7:30 pm
Saturday, Dec 9
7:30 pm
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Handel

Messiah

“Striving for a fresh Messiah year after year” says the Boston Globe. This annual tradition will feature soprano Ava Pine, Irish mezzo-soprano Paula Murrihy (in her Boston Baroque debut), tenor Aaron Sheehan and baritone Stephen Powell, alongside the Grammy nominated Boston Baroque Orchestra and Chorus. Conducted by Martin Pearlman, Music Director.

Featuring

  • Ava Pinesoprano

  • Paul Murrihymezzo-soprano

  • Aaron Sheehantenor

  • Stephen Powellbaritone

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30 Gainsborough St, Boston MA

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Sanders Theatre, Harvard University

Sunday, Dec 31
8:00 pm
Monday, Jan 1
3:00 pm
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Handel

Water Music and Selected Arias

Bach

Brandenburg Concerto No. 1

Ring in the new year in true Baroque style with Bach’s Brandenburg Concerto No. 1 and Handel’s Water Music and selection of operatic arias featuring soprano Mary Wilson. All accompanied by champagne and chocolates at intermission sponsored by Cambridge Trust Company!

Featuring

  • Mary Wilsonsoprano

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45 Quincy St, Cambridge, MA

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NEC's Jordan Hall

Friday, Mar 2
8:00 pm
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Telemann

St. Luke Passion of 1744

Telemann wrote over 40 compositions based on the Passion texts, and his St. Luke Passion of 1744 is a quickly paced and lyrical display of his church style. Thomas Cooley and Andrew Garland sing the Evangelist and Jesus in this work that Boston Baroque has not performed since 1980.

Featuring

  • Thomas Cooleytenor as Evangelist

  • Andrew Garland baritone as Jesus

  • Teresa WakimSoprano

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30 Gainsborough St., Boston, MA

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NEC's Jordan Hall

Friday, Apr 13
7:30 pm
Sunday, Apr 15
3:00 pm
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Beethoven

OPERA: Fidelio

Beethoven’s opera is a compelling story of political oppression, the fight for justice, and the triumph of love. A Boston Baroque premiere featuring an internationally renowned cast that includes Metropolitan Opera sopranos Wendy Bryn Harmer and Kiera Duffy, in Boston’s first-ever period instrument performance of this work.

Featuring

  • Wendy Bryn Harmersoprano as Leonore

  • William Burdentenor as Florestan

  • Kiera Duffysoprano as Marzelline

  • Joshua Kohltenor as Jaquino

  • Nathan Starkbass as Rocco

  • Mark Waltersbass-baritone as Don Pizarro

  • Brian Kontesbass as Don Fernando

  • Mark Streshinskystage director

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30 Gainsborough St, Boston, MA

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