Handel's Almira from the Boston Early Music Festival

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Thursday, November 28, 2013

Handel's 'Almira' from the Boston Early Music Festival. Handel's Almira from the Boston Early Music Festival. (Kathy Wittman)

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With Almira, Handel's very first opera, he demonstrated that he had all the necessary tools to become one of history's great opera composers — when he was just 19-years-old. Almira premiered in Hamburg in 1705, and the score combines French, German and Italian operatic styles, with a result that's pure Handel.

On World of Opera host Lisa Simeone presents a sparkling production of Handel's Almira from the Boston Early Music Festival. The opera features a pair of striking soprano roles. In the Boston production they're heard in top-notch performances by sopranos Ulrike Hofbauer as Almira and Amanda Forsythe as Edilia, with the festival's orchestra directed by Paul O'Dette and Stephen Stubbs.

Cast:

Almira: Ulrike Hofbauer (soprano)

Fernando: Colin Balzer (tenor)

Edilia: Amanda Forsythe (soprano)

Consalvo: Christian Immler (bass-baritone)

Osman: Zachary Wilder (tenor)

Bellante: Valerie Vinzant (soprano)

Raymondo: Tyler Duncan (baritone)

Tabarco: Jason McStoots (tenor)

Boston Early Music Festival Orchestra

Paul O'Dette and Stephen Stubbs, directors

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