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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 | Purchase Tickets
Sunday, November 26, 2017 at 3pm | Purchase Tickets
NEC's Jordan Hall, Boston, MA

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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!

The concert is expected to be 2 hours and 30 minutes.

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 are celebrating our upcoming Concert Performance of Handel's Almira all this week by sharing new video clips from our 2013 Festival production of this operatic masterpiece.

NEW (November 20): Princess Edilia (Amanda Forsythe) has had enough of her fickle suitor Osman (Zachary Wilder) and the two renounce their affections.

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.


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