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The upcoming Boston Early Music Festival—June 13-19, 2011—will feature Agostino Steffani's 1688 opera Niobe, Regina di Tebe (Niobe, Queen of Thebes), with a libretto by Luigi Orlandi, based on Ovid's Metamorphses. Boston-based soprano Amanda Forsythe will perform the title role of Niobe, and in his Boston début, Europe's brilliant countertenor, Philippe Jaroussky, will star as the king, Anfione.
"A singer with the tone of an angel and the virtuosity of the devil" (La Terrasse), French countertenor Philippe Jaroussky is noted for his virtuosic coloratura technique, and for vivid and compelling interpretations of Baroque vocal music. After early studies on violin and piano, he turned his attention to singing, receiving a diploma from the Early Music Facultyof the Conservatoire de Paris. He is a frequent performer with Arpteggiata, Ensemble Matheus, and with his own ensemble, Artaserse. Mr. Jaroussky was awarded "Best Singer of the Year" at the Echo Classic Awards in 2008.
Watch Philippe Jaroussky's performance at the 2008 Echo Classic Awards.