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Francesca Caccini: Alcina | November 24 & 25, 2018 at NEC's Jordan Hall

The BEMF Chamber Opera Series returns with an all-new production! Francesca Caccini came of age at the Medici court in Florence during the earliest years of opera as an art form. Both a composer and a performer, Caccini established herself as the most important musical figure at court, and in 1625 created the first opera by a woman composer, La liberazione di Ruggiero dall’isola d’Alcina.

Alcina depicts a struggle between illusion and destiny in a gorgeous entertainment, full of wit and magic. At the center is the sorceress Alcina, an intensely demanding role which Caccini designed as a dramatic vehicle for herself as a singing actress.

Paul O’Dette & Stephen Stubbs, Musical Directors
Gilbert Blin, Stage Director
Robert Mealy, Concertmaster
Melinda Sullivan, Choreographer
Anna Watkins, Costume Designer

Part of our 2018–2019 Season! Tickets go on sale this spring.