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“BEMF operas set the gold standard for sophistication, elegance and artistic sensibility.”

The Boston Herald

Video with Handel scholar Ellen T. Harris introducing Almira
Almira Synopsis and Plot Summary
Behind-the-Scenes photos from Almira Rehearsals
Watch a video preview from
The Boston Globe
Almira Production Photos by Kathy Wittman!

Handel's Almira

"Another triumph for the Festival," –The New York Times

"This meticulous production…honored the Baroque hunger for visual spectacle"
-The Boston Globe

"A new peak of sumptuousness," -The Hub Review

Don't miss the radio broadcast premiere of the BEMF production of Handel's Almira, Sunday, September 1 at 2pm as part of WGBH 99.5 FM's Opera Bash!

Written when Handel was only nineteen, Almira tells a story of intrigue and romance at the Court of Castile. The opera features a trio of love triangles as the newly crowned queen Almira and two princesses navigate the ever-shifting affections of a brave soldier, a loyal aide, and a mysterious foreign ambassador. These lovelorn characters must overcome misunderstandings, jealousies, duels, and dungeons on their way to a joyously happy ending.

A remarkable success when it was originally presented in Hamburg, the opera shows the early genius of Handel that would soon make him a star in Italy and London. DON’T MISS a rare opportunity to enjoy this dazzling parade of entertainment and delight combining German, Italian, and French influences in a crowd-pleasing spectacle of dance, comedy, and drama.


Paul O’Dette & Stephen Stubbs,

Musical Directors

Gilbert Blin, Stage Director

Caroline Copeland & Carlos Fittante, Choreographers

Anna Watkins, Costume Designer & Supervisor

Gilbert Blin, Set Designer

Lenore Doxsee, Lighting Designer

Ellen Hargis, Assistant Stage Director
Melinda Sullivan, Ballet Mistress
Robert Mealy, Concertmaster
Kathleen Fay, Executive Producer

Ulrike Hofbauer, Almira
Amanda Forsythe, Edilia
Christian Immler, Consalvo
Zachary Wilder, Osman
Colin Balzer, Fernando
Tyler Duncan, Raymondo
Valerie Vinzant, Bellante
Jason McStoots, Tabarco

BEMF Orchestra
Violin I
Robert Mealy, concertmaster
Cynthia Roberts
Julie Andrijeski
Johanna Novom

Violin II
Miloš Valent, principal
Daniel Elyar
David Douglass

Laura Jeppesen, principal
Sarah Darling

Phoebe Carrai, principal
Beiliang Zhu
David Morris

Double Bass
Robert Nairn

Gonzalo X. Ruiz, principal
Kathryn Montoya

Kathryn Montoya, principal
Gonzalo X. Ruiz

Marilyn Boenau

Ben Grossman

Theorbo & Baroque Guitar
Paul O’Dette
Stephen Stubbs

Baroque Harp
Maxine Eilander

Michael Sponseller
Kristian Bezuidenhout

Viola da gamba
Erin Headley

BEMF Dance Ensemble
Melinda Sullivan, Ballet Mistress
Caroline Copeland
Carlos Fittante
Mickaël Bouffard
Olsi Gjeci
Caitlin Klinger
Karin Modigh
Alexis Silver
Scott Weber

BEMF Young Artists Training Program
Gilbert Blin, Founder & Director, Young Artists Training Program
Ellen Hargis, Associate Director, Young Artists Training Program 2013
Corrine Byrne
David Evans
Patrick Kilbride
Noelle McMurtry
Nola Richardson
Corey Shotwell
Kathryn Summersett
Mark Williams



Caroline Copeland
Carlos Fittante
Anna Watkins
Lenore Doxsee
Ulrike Hofbauer
Amanda Forsythe
Colin Balzer
Christian Immler
Zachary Wilder
Tyler Duncan
Valarie Vinzant
Jason McStoots
Production Credits
Kathleen Fay, Executive Producer
Mercedes Roman-Manson, Production Manager
Linda O’Brien, Production Operations Manager
Leslie Sears, Production Stage Manager
Gordon Manson, Technical Director
Sarah Hager, Company Co-Manager
Emma Gavenda, Company Co-Manager
Joel Turnham, Master Electrician
Rebecca Hylton, Wardrobe Mistress
Jason Allen, Wig Supervisor
Rachel Padula-Shufelt, Makeup Supervisor
Ian Thorsell, Props Master
James McCartney, Audio Engineer
Lorraine Fitzmaurice, Orchestra Manager & Instrument Move Specialist
Maria van Kalken, Assistant to the Executive Producer
Ryan Began, Assistant to the Stage Director
Rémy-Michel Trotier, Assistant Scenic Designer
Julie Streeter, Assistant Production Manager
Meriem Bahri, Assistant to the Costume Designer
Paul Bartlett, Assistant to the Lighting Designer
Jaclyn Fulton, Production Assistant
Alycia Marucci, 1st Assistant Stage Manager
Rachel Lucas, 2nd Assistant Stage Manager
Zak Fayssoux, Assistant Technical Director
Lauren Scattolini, Assistant Master Electrician
Mary Hurd, 1st Dresser
Fabian Aguilar, 2nd Dresser
Ricardo Roman, Stage Run Crew
Kat Nakaji, Stage Run Crew
Steve Manifold, Stage Run Crew
Anthony Fiorello, Stage Run Crew
Evan Prizant, Stitcher
Jennifer Nieling, Stitcher
Suzi Moncowski, Stitcher
Janey Meyers, Costume Crafts
Ryaan Ahmed, Intern, Assistant to the Artistic Co-Directors
Brianna Fogden, Intern, Assistant to the Choreographers and Ballet Mistress
Ellen Hargis, Supertitle Creator
Dan McGaha, Supertitle Supervisor