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BEMF Chamber Opera Series presents Francesca Caccini's ALCINA

Paul O'Dette & Stephen Stubbs, Musical Directors
Gilbert Blin, Stage Director
Robert Mealy, Concertmaster
Melinda Sullivan, Dance Director

Saturday, November 24, 2018 at 8pm
Sunday, November 25, 2018 at 3pm
NEC's Jordan Hall, Boston, MA

Monday, November 26, 2018 at 7:30pm
Tuesday, November 27, 2018 at 7:30pm
Gilder Lehrman Hall, The Morgan Library & Museum, New York, NY

Francesca Caccini came of age at the Medici court in Florence during the earliest years of opera as an art form. Both a composer and a performer, Caccini was one of the most important musical figures at court, and in 1625 she created the first opera by a woman composer, La liberazione di Ruggiero dall’isola d’Alcina.

Alcina is a gorgeous entertainment, full of wit, magic, and drama, with a demanding title role first sung by the composer herself. At the center of a struggle of illusion and destiny, the sorceress Alcina stands between the valiant magician Melissa and her quest to save the warrior Ruggiero.

“A constant delight of anticipation.”
—The Wall Street Journal

ARTISTS

Vocal Cast Photos

Paul O’Dette & Stephen Stubbs, Musical Directors
Gilbert Blin, Stage Director
Robert Mealy, Concertmaster
Melinda Sullivan, Dance Director
Anna Watkins, Costume Designer & Supervisor
Kathleen Fay, Executive Producer

Boston Early Music Festival Vocal Ensemble
Shannon Mercer, Alcina
Colin Balzer, Ruggiero
Kelsey Lauritano, Melissa
Mindy Ella Chu, David Evans, Daniel Friedley, Brian Giebler, David McFerrin, Jason McStoots, Sophie Michaux, Molly Netter, Ian Pomerantz, Margot Rood, & Teresa Wakim

Boston Early Music Festival Chamber Ensemble
Paul O'Dette, lute; Stephen Stubbs, lute & Baroque guitar; Robert Mealy & Julie Andrijeski, violin; Sarah Darling, viola; Erin Headley, Christel Thielmann, & Laura Jeppsen, viola da gamba; Kathryn Montoya & Heloise Degrugillier, recorder; Maxine Eilander, Baroque harp; Michael Sponseller, organ, regal & harpsichord