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2017-2018 Season
Handel's Almira | OPERA IN CONCERT!

Paul O'Dette & Stephen Stubbs, Musical Directors
Gilbert Blin, Opera Director
Robert Mealy, Concertmaster

Saturday, November 25, 2017 at 8pm
Sunday, November 26, 2017 at 3pm
NEC's Jordan Hall, Boston, MA

BEMF’s own GRAMMY Award–winning Musical Directors Paul O’Dette and Stephen Stubbs lead an outstanding cast of 8 internationally renowned singers and the 27 all-star instrumentalists of our famed BEMF Orchestra in a grand concert performance of Handel’s first opera, Almira! Originally presented at the June 2013 Festival, Almira tells a vivid story of intrigue and romance at the Court of Castile. Written when Handel was only 19 years old, Almira already illustrates the genius that would cement his legacy as one of history’s greatest composers. This is truly an extraordinary event you simply won’t want to miss!

Download the Synopsis | Download the Libretto

Pre-Concert Talk one hour prior to each performance featuring author and Handel scholar Ellen T. Harris.

“A constant delight of anticipation.”
—The Wall Street Journal

Sherezade Panthaki
Amanda Forsythe
Colin Balzer
Christian Immler
Sherezade Panthaki
Amanda Forsythe
Colin Balzer
Christian Immler
Zachary Wilder
Jesse Blumberg
Theresa Wakim
Jan Kobow
Zachary Wilder
Jesse Blumberg
Teresa Wakim
Jan Kobow


We meet Princess Edilia in the palace gardens as she daydreams of her beloved Osman.

The duplicitous suitor Osman (Zachary Wilder) begs forgiveness from an increasingly incredulous Edilia.

Spurned by the inconsistancy of her beloved Osman, the Princess Edilia (Amanda Forsythe) vows a fierce revenge.

The ambitious schemer Osman (Zachary Wilder​) resolves to abandon his betrothal to Princess Edilia to pursue a higher prize: the Queen herself, Almira.

Consalvo (Christian Immler), guardian of the queen, expresses is noble fury at the unfaithfulness of his son, Osman.

Lovelorn Fernando (Colin Balzer) hopes for a happy ending for himself and his beloved Almira.


Princess Edilia (Amanda Forsythe) has had enough of her fickle suitor Osman (Zachary Wilder) and the two renounce their affections.

The scorned Princess Edilia (Amanda Forsythe) rages with righteous fury as she promises the devastation of her false suitor, Osman.

As faithful Fernando (Colin Balzer) languishes in the dungeons, he pledges his continuing love for Queen Almira.

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Did Almira save the life of 19 year old Handel in a duel? Author and scholar Ellen T. Harris tells the story of Handel's rarely heard first opera.

Join us an an hour before each performance for a pre-concert talk with Ellen T. Harris. Copies of her book—George Frideric Handel: A Life with Friends—will be available to purchase at the BEMF CD Store at the concert.

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