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Boston Baroque Announces 2014 – 2015 Season

March 4, 2014

Boston, MA–Boston Baroque today announces its 41st season for 2014-2015–a season highlighted with performances of Bach’s St. John Passion at Jordan Hall featuring one of Great Britain’s most prolific tenors, John Mark Ainsley, February 27 and 28, 2015 and Handel’s opera Agrippina starring the acclaimed Metropolitan Opera star Susanna Phillips and Australian sensation countertenor David Hansen April 24 and 25, 2015. Season subscriptions from $165 to $425 go on sale on Tuesday, March 4, 2014 at 10:00 AM by Clicking Here or by calling:  617-987-8600.  Individual tickets will be available in the fall.

“I am looking forward to another exciting season, and the opportunity to work with artists I admire like John Mark Ainsley and Susanna Phillips,” said Music Director Martin Pearlman.

“We continue our commitment to bring Boston audiences today’s most exciting and sought after vocal artists. We are thrilled with the additions of David Hansen, Yulia Van Doren, Dashon Burton, and Sherezade Panthaki to our roster of soloists,” added Executive Director Miguel Rodriguez.

The season will begin with performances of Monteverdi’s Vespers of 1610 (Vespro della Beata Vergine 1610) featuring the Boston Baroque debuts of soprano Yulia Van Doren, and tenor Thomas Cooley along with soprano Teresa Wakim and tenor Aaron Sheehan at Jordan Hall, Friday and Saturday, November 14 and 15 at 8:00 PM. This masterpiece remains an important part of Boston Baroque’s repertory, and its 1998 recording of the work received a Grammy nomination. The performances will feature the acclaimed Boston Baroque Chorus and period instrument orchestra.

Once again the 2014 holiday season will be accentuated by Boston Baroque’s acclaimed period-instrument performances of Handel’s Messiah at Jordan Hall, Friday and Saturday, December 12 and 13 at 7:30 PM.  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.

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.”  In fact, the term maestro di cappella means the “The Master of the Choir or Orchestra.” 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.  These two concerts take place at 8:00 PM on December 31, 2014 and at 3:00 PM on January 1, 2015.

Boston Baroque’s February 27 and 28 Jordan Hall performances of 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. 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.

Boston Baroque closes the season with Handel’s opera Agrippina at NEC’s Jordan Hall on Friday and Saturday, April 24 and 25, 2015 at 8:00 PM featuring Metropolitan Opera rising star soprano Susanna Phillips in the title role. Ms. Phillips is the recipient of The Metropolitan Opera’s 2010 Beverly Sills Artist Award and both First Place and Audience Prize in the Operalia Competitions in 2005. Australian sensation and much sought after countertenor David Hansen joins as Aggripina’s son Nerone. 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.

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