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Boston Early Music Festival: June 12-19, 2011

Niobe, Regina di Tebe

Production and Rehearsal Photos

Enjoy an inside look at Handel's Almira, the Operatic Centerpiece of the 2013 Festival! Photos by Kathy Wittman.

Almira Production Photos

Photo by Kathy Wittman. Photo by Kathy Wittman. Photo by Kathy Wittman.
Photo by Kathy Wittman. Photo by Kathy Wittman. Photo by Kathy Wittman.
Photo by Kathy Wittman. Photo by Kathy Wittman. Photo by Kathy Wittman.
Photo by Kathy Wittman. Photo by Kathy Wittman. Photo by Kathy Wittman.
Photo by Kathy Wittman. Photo by Kathy Wittman. Photo by Kathy Wittman.

Wednesday, June 5
BEMF's production of Handel's Almira moved in to the Cutler Majestic Theatre on Wednesday evening with dancers, orchestra members, costumes, and even donkeys in tow! The cast
ran through the opera on stage in preparation for the Dress Rehearsal on Friday and opening night this Sunday.

From the June 5, 2013 run-through rehearsal at the Cutler Majestic Theatre for Handel's Almira. Photo by Kathy Wittman. From the June 5, 2013 run-through rehearsal at the Cutler Majestic Theatre for Handel's Almira. Photo by Kathy Wittman. From the June 5, 2013 run-through rehearsal at the Cutler Majestic Theatre for Handel's Almira. Photo by Kathy Wittman.
From the June 5, 2013 run-through rehearsal at the Cutler Majestic Theatre for Handel's Almira. Photo by Kathy Wittman. From the June 5, 2013 run-through rehearsal at the Cutler Majestic Theatre for Handel's Almira. Photo by Kathy Wittman. From the June 5, 2013 run-through rehearsal at the Cutler Majestic Theatre for Handel's Almira. Photo by Kathy Wittman.
From the June 5, 2013 run-through rehearsal at the Cutler Majestic Theatre for Handel's Almira. Photo by Kathy Wittman. From the June 5, 2013 run-through rehearsal at the Cutler Majestic Theatre for Handel's Almira. Photo by Kathy Wittman. From the June 5, 2013 run-through rehearsal at the Cutler Majestic Theatre for Handel's Almira. Photo by Kathy Wittman.
From the June 5, 2013 run-through rehearsal at the Cutler Majestic Theatre for Handel's Almira. Photo by Kathy Wittman. From the June 5, 2013 run-through rehearsal at the Cutler Majestic Theatre for Handel's Almira. Photo by Kathy Wittman. From the June 5, 2013 run-through rehearsal at the Cutler Majestic Theatre for Handel's Almira. Photo by Kathy Wittman.
From the June 5, 2013 run-through rehearsal at the Cutler Majestic Theatre for Handel's Almira. Photo by Kathy Wittman. From the June 5, 2013 run-through rehearsal at the Cutler Majestic Theatre for Handel's Almira. Photo by Kathy Wittman. From the June 5, 2013 run-through rehearsal at the Cutler Majestic Theatre for Handel's Almira. Photo by Kathy Wittman.
From the June 5, 2013 run-through rehearsal at the Cutler Majestic Theatre for Handel's Almira. Photo by Kathy Wittman. From the June 5, 2013 run-through rehearsal at the Cutler Majestic Theatre for Handel's Almira. Photo by Kathy Wittman. From the June 5, 2013 run-through rehearsal at the Cutler Majestic Theatre for Handel's Almira. Photo by Kathy Wittman.
From the June 5, 2013 run-through rehearsal at the Cutler Majestic Theatre for Handel's Almira. Photo by Kathy Wittman. From the June 5, 2013 run-through rehearsal at the Cutler Majestic Theatre for Handel's Almira. Photo by Kathy Wittman. From the June 5, 2013 run-through rehearsal at the Cutler Majestic Theatre for Handel's Almira. Photo by Kathy Wittman.
From the June 5, 2013 run-through rehearsal at the Cutler Majestic Theatre for Handel's Almira. Photo by Kathy Wittman. From the June 5, 2013 run-through rehearsal at the Cutler Majestic Theatre for Handel's Almira. Photo by Kathy Wittman. From the June 5, 2013 run-through rehearsal at the Cutler Majestic Theatre for Handel's Almira. Photo by Kathy Wittman.
From the June 5, 2013 run-through rehearsal at the Cutler Majestic Theatre for Handel's Almira. Photo by Kathy Wittman. From the June 5, 2013 run-through rehearsal at the Cutler Majestic Theatre for Handel's Almira. Photo by Kathy Wittman. From the June 5, 2013 run-through rehearsal at the Cutler Majestic Theatre for Handel's Almira. Photo by Kathy Wittman.
From the June 5, 2013 run-through rehearsal at the Cutler Majestic Theatre for Handel's Almira. Photo by Kathy Wittman. From the June 5, 2013 run-through rehearsal at the Cutler Majestic Theatre for Handel's Almira. Photo by Kathy Wittman. From the June 5, 2013 run-through rehearsal at the Cutler Majestic Theatre for Handel's Almira. Photo by Kathy Wittman.

Wednesday, June 5: The BEMF Bear Returns!
Beloved member of BEMF's 2011 production of Steffani's Niobe (seen below in a photo by André Costantini), the BEMF Bear also dropped in backstage at the Cutler Majestic Theatre.
While the BEMF Bear won't be participating in this year's operatic centerpiece, the BEMF production team remembered what good luck he proved to be for the Boston Bruins as they won the Stanley Cup during the 2011 Festival and arranged for a return visit for our ursine friend as the Bruins compete in the 2013 NHL Playoffs.

Scene from the BEMF's 2011 production of Steffani's Niobe. Photo by André Costantini. The BEMF Bear makes a backstage visit at the Cutler Majestic Theatre. Photo by Kathy Wittman. The BEMF Bear visits the Cutler Majestic Theatre. Photo by Kathy Wittman.

Monday, June 3
Temperatures may be down in Boston, but Almira sets are going up at the Cutler Majestic Theatre at Emerson College! Stage Director and Set Designer Gilbert Blin stopped by
the Cutler Majestic on Monday to oversee the Almira production crew as they start to load in set pieces for the opera.

From the June 3, 2013. Set construction for Handel's Almira. Photo by Kathy Wittman. From the June 3, 2013. Set construction for Handel's Almira. Photo by Kathy Wittman. From the June 3, 2013. Set construction for Handel's Almira. Photo by Kathy Wittman.
From the June 3, 2013. Set construction for Handel's Almira. Photo by Kathy Wittman. From the June 3, 2013. Set construction for Handel's Almira. Photo by Kathy Wittman. From the June 3, 2013. Set construction for Handel's Almira. Photo by Kathy Wittman.
From the June 3, 2013. Set construction for Handel's Almira. Photo by Kathy Wittman. From the June 3, 2013. Set construction for Handel's Almira. Photo by Kathy Wittman. From the June 3, 2013. Set construction for Handel's Almira. Photo by Kathy Wittman.
From the June 3, 2013. Set construction for Handel's Almira. Photo by Kathy Wittman. From the June 3, 2013. Set construction for Handel's Almira. Photo by Kathy Wittman. From the June 3, 2013. Set construction for Handel's Almira. Photo by Kathy Wittman.
From the June 3, 2013. Set construction for Handel's Almira. Photo by Kathy Wittman. From the June 3, 2013. Set construction for Handel's Almira. Photo by Kathy Wittman. From the June 3, 2013. Set construction for Handel's Almira. Photo by Kathy Wittman.
From the June 3, 2013. Set construction for Handel's Almira. Photo by Kathy Wittman. From the June 3, 2013. Set construction for Handel's Almira. Photo by Kathy Wittman. From the June 3, 2013. Set construction for Handel's Almira. Photo by Kathy Wittman.

Thursday, May 30
A hot day in Boston evoked the steamy Spanish setting of Handel's Almira as the directors, cast, orchestra members, and production crew assembled for Thursday's rehearsals. With just over a week to the dress rehearsal, everyone was hard at work bringing together this monumental production of this rarely performed masterpiece.

From the May 30, 2013 rehearsals for Handel's Almira. Photo by Kathy Wittman. From the May 30, 2013 rehearsals for Handel's Almira. Photo by Kathy Wittman. From the May 30, 2013 rehearsals for Handel's Almira. Photo by Kathy Wittman.
From the May 30, 2013 rehearsals for Handel's Almira. Photo by Kathy Wittman. From the May 30, 2013 rehearsals for Handel's Almira. Photo by Kathy Wittman. From the May 30, 2013 rehearsals for Handel's Almira. Photo by Kathy Wittman.
From the May 30, 2013 rehearsals for Handel's Almira. Photo by Kathy Wittman. From the May 30, 2013 rehearsals for Handel's Almira. Photo by Kathy Wittman. From the May 30, 2013 rehearsals for Handel's Almira. Photo by Kathy Wittman.
From the May 30, 2013 rehearsals for Handel's Almira. Photo by Kathy Wittman. From the May 30, 2013 rehearsals for Handel's Almira. Photo by Kathy Wittman. From the May 30, 2013 rehearsals for Handel's Almira. Photo by Kathy Wittman.
From the May 30, 2013 rehearsals for Handel's Almira. Photo by Kathy Wittman. From the May 30, 2013 rehearsals for Handel's Almira. Photo by Kathy Wittman. From the May 30, 2013 rehearsals for Handel's Almira. Photo by Kathy Wittman.
From the May 30, 2013 rehearsals for Handel's Almira. Photo by Kathy Wittman. From the May 30, 2013 rehearsals for Handel's Almira. Photo by Kathy Wittman. From the May 30, 2013 rehearsals for Handel's Almira. Photo by Kathy Wittman.
From the May 30, 2013 rehearsals for Handel's Almira. Photo by Kathy Wittman. From the May 30, 2013 rehearsals for Handel's Almira. Photo by Kathy Wittman. From the May 30, 2013 rehearsals for Handel's Almira. Photo by Kathy Wittman.
From the May 30, 2013 rehearsals for Handel's Almira. Photo by Kathy Wittman. From the May 30, 2013 rehearsals for Handel's Almira. Photo by Kathy Wittman. From the May 30, 2013 rehearsals for Handel's Almira. Photo by Kathy Wittman.
From the May 30, 2013 rehearsals for Handel's Almira. Photo by Kathy Wittman. From the May 30, 2013 rehearsals for Handel's Almira. Photo by Kathy Wittman. From the May 30, 2013 rehearsals for Handel's Almira. Photo by Kathy Wittman.
From the May 30, 2013 rehearsals for Handel's Almira. Photo by Kathy Wittman. From the May 30, 2013 rehearsals for Handel's Almira. Photo by Kathy Wittman.