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Pickman Concert Hall - Longy School of Music, Cambridge

Saturday, Mar 29
8:00 pm
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NEW DIRECTIONS

MONOLOGUES

From the Baroque to the Contemporary. An opportunity to explore and create synergy from opposing sides of the musical spectrum. Monologues will present the World Premier of Pearlman's Finnegans Wake: An Operoar (Act 3), in addition to music by Handel and Bach.

Featuring

  • Martin PearlmanComposer

  • Christina Day MartinsonViolin

  • Paula PlumActress

  • Julianne GearhartSoprano

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Last year, Martin Pearlman's setting of James Joyce's Finnegans Wake was premiered to great acclaim, and this year, we premier a new act of the same work:  a passage from Anna Livia's famous monologue that ends the book.  Handel's gripping soliloquy by Agrippina, the mother of the emperor Nero, portrays her emotions as she is condemned to die, torn between hatred of Nero, the tyrant who has ordered her death, and love of Nero, her son, whose career she advanced by murdering her own husband.  Finally, a monologue for unaccompanied violin, Bach’s glorious first sonata played by Boston Baroque concertmaster Christina Day Martinson.Complete program:

Pearlman - Finnegans Wake: An Operoar (Act 3) WORLD PREMIERE
Paula Plum, actress as Ana Livia

Bach - Sonata No. 1 in G minor for unaccompanied violin
Christina Day Martinson, violin

Handel - Agrippina condotta a morire HWV110
Julianne Gearhart, soprano

Tickets for New Directions are $40 (orchestra) and $20 (balcony) general admission.

Venue Address

27 Garden Street - Cambridge, MA

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NEC’s Jordan Hall

Friday, Apr 25
7:30 pm
Saturday, Apr 26
7:30 pm
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Claudio Monteverdi

OPERA: Il ritorno d’Ulisse in patria

In a new performing version by Music Director Martin Pearlman, this semi-staged production will feature the U.S. debut of Portuguese tenor and baroque specialist Fernando Guimarães in the title role, and the internationally renowned mezzo-soprano Jennifer Rivera as his loving wife Penelope.

Featuring

  • Fernando GuimarãesTenor as Ulisse

  • Jennifer RiveraMezzo-soprano as Penelope

  • Mark StreshinskyStage director

  • Leah WoolMezzo-soprano as Minerva

  • Daniel AuchinclossTenor as Eumete

  • Abigail NimsMezzo-soprano as Melanto

  • Aaron SheehanTenor as Telemaco

  • Daniel ShirleyTenor as Eurimaco

  • Krista Rivermezzo-soprano as Ericlea

  • Marc MolomotTenor as Iro

  • Sara HeatonSoprano as Amore

  • Christopher LowreyCountertenor as L’humana fragilitá

  • João FernandesBass as Nettuno

  • Teresa WakimSoprano as Giunone/La Fortuna

  • Owen McIntoshTenor as Giove/Pisandro

  • Jonas BudrisTenor as Anfinomo

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Staged by acclaimed director Mark Streshinsky, they are joined by a stellar cast of today’s most sought after singers in the opera and Baroque music scene. This production is supported in part by the Boston Baroque Opera Guild, and will be followed by a professional recording under the Linn Records label.

Venue Address

30 Gainsborough St, Boston MA

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NEC's Jordan Hall

Friday, Nov 14
8 PM
Saturday, Nov 15
8 PM
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Claudio Monteverdi

Vespers of 1610

This masterpiece remains an important part of Boston Baroque’s repertory, and its 1998 recording of the work received a Grammy nomination.

Featuring

  • Yulia Van Dorensoprano

  • Teresa Wakimsoprano

  • Thomas Cooleytenor

  • Aaron Sheehantenor

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The performances will feature the Boston Baroque debuts of soprano Yulia Van Doren, and tenor Thomas Cooley along with soprano Teresa Wakim and tenor Aaron Sheehan, and the acclaimed Boston Baroque Chorus and period instrument orchestra.

Venue Address

30 Gainsborough St, Boston MA

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NEC's Jordan Hall

Friday, Dec 12
7:30 PM
Saturday, Dec 13
7:30 PM
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George Frideric Handel

Messiah

Once again the 2014 holiday season will be accentuated by Boston Baroque's acclaimed period-instrument performances of Handel's Messiah at Jordan Hall.

Featuring

  • Sherezade Panthakisoprano

  • Ann McMahon Quinteromezzo-soprano

  • William Burdentenor

  • Dashon Burtonbass-baritone

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Featured soloists will include the Boston Baroque debuts by soprano Sherezade Panthaki and bass-baritone Dashon Burton alongside returning artists mezzo-soprano Ann McMahon Quintero, tenor William Burden.

Venue Address

30 Gainsborough St, Boston MA

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Sanders Theatre – Harvard University, Cambridge

Wednesday, Dec 31
8 PM
Thursday, Jan 1
3 PM
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Domenico Cimarosa

Il maestro di cappella

W.A. Mozart

Arias and Duets

With chocolates and champagne at intermission, New Year's Eve and New Year's Day will again be festive occasions at Harvard University's Sanders Theatre in Cambridge when Music Director Martin Pearlman, who loves to mix a little comedic expression with his love of the Baroque, presents the Italian one-act opera, Domenico Cimarosa’s Il maestro di cappella--often loosely translated as "The Music Director."

Featuring

  • Andrew Garlandbaritone

  • Sara Heatonsoprano

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An amusing "monodrama" that will feature Greater Boston's highly-regarded baritone, Andrew Garland, Il maestro de cappella is a one-act comic opera, written around 1772, which portrays a pompous portrays a pompous conductor who constantly finds himself in conflict with the members of his orchestra.  Also featured on the New Year's programs will be Mozart duets and arias, featuring soprano Sara Heaton and baritone Andrew Garland.

Venue Address

45 Quincy St, Cambridge, MA

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NEC's Jordan Hall

Friday, Feb 27
8 PM
Saturday, Feb 28
8 PM
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J. S. Bach

St. John Passion

The well-known sacred oratorio of Johann Sebastian Bach, will feature the stunning tenor John Mark Ainsley, whose performances of The Evangelist are renowned.

Featuring

  • John Mark Ainsleytenor as Evangelist

  • Andrew Garlandbaritone as Jesus

  • Mary Wilsonsoprano

  • Christopher Lowreycountertenor

  • Nicholas Phantenor

  • Jesse Blumbergbaritone as Pilate

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Ainsley is the winner of The Munich Festival Prize and the 2007 Royal Philharmonic society Singer Award; with these performances, he will make his debut with Boston Baroque. Other featured soloists include baritone Andrew Garland as Jesus, soprano Mary Wilson, countertenor Christopher Lowrey, tenor Nicholas Phan and baritone Jesse Blumberg as Pilate.

Venue Address

30 Gainsborough St, Boston MA

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NEC's Jordan Hall

Friday, Apr 24
7:30 PM
Saturday, Apr 25
7:30 PM
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George Frideric Handel

OPERA: Agrippina

Boston Baroque closes the season with Handel’s opera Agrippina featuring Metropolitan Opera rising star soprano Susanna Phillips in the title role and Australian sensation and much sought after countertenor David Hansen as Aggripina’s son Nerone.

Featuring

  • Susanna Phillipssoprano as Agrippina

  • David Hansencountertenor as Nerone

  • Amanda Forsythesoprano as Poppea

  • Marie Lenormandmezzo-soprano as Ottone

  • Kevin Deasbass-baritone as Claudius

  • Douglas Williamsbass-baritone as Pallante

  • Krista Rivermezzo-soprano as Narcissus

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Handel's opera Agrippina is the story of Agrippina--the mother of Nero--and her plot to achieve the downfall of the Roman Emperor Claudius, her fourth husband, in order to install her son as emperor. It's a story of passion, murder and the desire for power. Other key soloists include Marie Lenormand, mezzo-soprano as Ottone, Amanda Forsythe, soprano as Poppea, Kevin Deas, bass-baritone as Claudius and Douglas Williams as Pallante.

 

Venue Address

30 Gainsborough St, Boston MA

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