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CARNIVAL: June 11-18, 2017
Festival Concerts

Boston Early Music Festival Orchestra & Soloists
Stephen Stubbs, conductor
Stephen Stubbs & Paul O'Dette, Musical Directors
Robert Mealy, Concertmaster

Thursday, June 15, 2017 at 8pm
New England Conservatory’s Jordan Hall, Boston

George Frideric Handel: La Resurrezione
After his first operatic triumphs in Hamburg, Handel left for Italy, and spent most of his time there in Rome. A papal ban on opera had left the oratorio as the primary musical genre. In 1708, Handel was honored with a commission from the leading musical patrons of Rome to compose the large Easter Oratorio of that season, which became La Resurrezione. Just 23 years old, Handel realized this was his opportunity to challenge Alessandro Scarlatti’s supremacy in Rome’s musical culture and to create an aural feast so rich that it would compensate with sheer musical splendor for the lack of an opera’s sets, costumes, and action. For this magnificent Festival performance—the tickets for which are always in high demand—we have assembled an all-star cast of soloists to join the superb musicians of the BEMF Orchestra. Learn more about Handel’s rarely performed La Resurrezione at 7:15pm, when Professor Ellen T. Harris offers an engaging pre-concert talk.

The Boston Early Music Festival regretfully announces that, for personal reasons, soloist Christophe Coin will be unable to join us for the June 2017 Festival. We look forward to presenting his BEMF début at a future date. We are, however, very pleased to announce that, taking his place will be the internationally celebrated viola da gamba virtuoso and frequent guest of BEMF, Philippe Pierlot.


Karina Gauvin, Angelo; Teresa Wakim, Maddalena;
Aaron Sheehan, San Giovanni; Christian Immler, Lucifero;
Kelsey Lauritano, Cleofe; Philippe Pierlot, viola da gamba

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