A witty and charming Handel opera . . . works by Bach, Haydn and Charpentier . . . our beloved holiday concerts . . . you won’t want to miss Boston Baroque’s 2012–2013 season! From traditional favorites to works that might be new to you, there will be something for everyone to enjoy in the upcoming season. All performed by our accomplished period instrument orchestra, talented chorus, and world-class soloists, under the direction of Martin Pearlman.
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The brilliant Lord Nelson Mass stirs powerful emotions, ranging from solemnity and torment to joyous celebration. Haydn wrote it shortly after he completed his masterwork The Creation, which we performed and recorded last year, and we will be recording the mass this spring.
Starring Amanda Forsythe as Partenope
With stage direction by David Gately
For audiences accustomed to Handel’s serious operas, Partenope (pronounced par-TEN-oh-pay) will be a charming departure. It’s a comic romp of jilted lovers, hidden identities, and gorgeous arias in which, as the New York Times says, “the women come out on top.”
Handel’s glorious oratorio has become a beloved tradition at the holidays, and hearing this masterwork in the intimate surroundings of Jordan Hall is a real pleasure.
“Boston Baroque warmed the chilled audience with a dazzling performance of the classic dramatic oratorio that was anything but routine.” — Boston Globe
Ring in the new year with La serva padrona, Pergolesi’s hilarious tale of an old guy and his young mistress, that was quite revolutionary in its time. We’ll also perform a couple of sparkling concertos by Corelli and Telemann — to go with the fizzy complimentary champagne at intermission.
A concert featuring Boston Baroque’s acclaimed chorus in ensemble and solo roles: for starters Carissimi’s expressive and poignant oratorio, Jephte. That’s followed by Charpentier’s harmonically rich and introspecive mass Assumpta est Maria. Bach’s early deeply moving cantata Gottes Zeit ist die allerbeste Zeit brings the proceedings to a conclusion.