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Handel's Almira

Sunday, June 9, 2013 at 3:30pm
Wednesday, June 12, 2013 at 7pm
Friday, June 14, 2013 at 7pm
Sunday, June 16, 2013 at 3:30pm

Cutler Majestic Theatre at Emerson College, Boston, MA

Friday, June 21, 2013 at 7pm
Saturday, June 22, 2013 at 7pm
Sunday, June 23, 2013 at 2:30pm

Mahaiwe Performing Arts Center, Great Barrington, MA

Fully staged operatic centerpiece of the June 2013 Festival!
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. This is truly 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

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
Robert Mealy, Concertmaster

BEMF Dance Ensemble
Melinda Sullivan, Ballet Mistress

Members of the BEMF Young Artists Training Program





Ulrike Hofbauer