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FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE: May 15, 2013
CONTACT: Kathleen Fay, Executive Director
617-661-1812 | kathy@bemf.org

Soprano Ulrike Hofbauer to Replace Veronica Cangemi in Boston Early Music Festival’s Upcoming Production of Handel’s Almira, June 9–16, 2013

Cambridge, MA – May 15, 2013 – The Boston Early Music Festival has announced that Veronica Cangemi will be unable to perform in BEMF’s upcoming performance of Handel’s Almira at the June 2013 Festival due to complications with her visa. The role of Almira will now be performed by Ulrike Hofbauer who had been originally cast in the role of Bellante in the production. A native of Bavaria heralded for her “expressive passion” (Basellandschaftliche Zeitung), Ulrike Hofbauer specializes in Baroque vocal and operatic repertoire; her busy performance career includes regular collaborations with ensembles such as Collegium Vocale Gent, L’Arpeggiata, La Chapelle Rhénane, L’Orfeo Barockorchester, and Cantus Cölln – among others – and under the direction of such esteemed artists as Andrew Parrott, Andrea Marcon, Gustav Leonhardt, Philippe Herreweghe and Christina Pluhar.

“We are delighted to present Ulrike Hofbauer in the title role of Handel’s Almira,” says Kathleen Fay, Executive Director of BEMF and the opera’s Executive Producer. “Ms. Hofbauer is a truly gifted artist and in high demand; we’ve been looking forward to working with her for years. Our entire directorial team is excited to be working with an artist of Ms. Hofbauer’s caliber in this monumental production.”

“Ulrike is an artist we have long admired, and we are thrilled to have her at the head of our wonderful cast” proclaim BEMF Artistic Co-Directors Paul O’Dette and Stephen Stubbs.

Replacing Ms. Hofbauer in the role of Bellante will be American soprano Valerie Vinzant, recently praised as a “delectable lyric soprano” by the Los Angeles Times. Her young career has already seen performances with Philharmonia Baroque, Los Angeles Opera, Los Angeles Philharmonic, Chicago Symphony Orchestra, Chicago Opera Theater, and Long Beach Opera to name a few.

The first opera by beloved Baroque composer, George Frideric Handel, Almira tells a story of intrigue and romance in the court of the Queen of Castile, in a dazzling parade of entertainment and delight. Leading the BEMF Almira production will be: three-time Grammy-nominated Artistic Co-Directors Paul O’Dette and Stephen Stubbs; Stage Director and Set Designer Gilbert Blin; Costume Designer Anna Watkins; Choreographers Caroline Copeland and Carlos Fittante; and Lighting Designer Lenore Doxsee. BEMF will offer four fully-staged performances of Handel’s Almira from June 9 to 16, 2013 at the Cutler Majestic Theatre at Emerson College (219 Tremont Street, Boston, MA, USA), followed by three performances at the Mahaiwe Performing Arts Center (14 Castle Street, Great Barrington, MA, USA) on June 21, 22, and 23, 2013; all performances will be sung in German with English subtitles. Tickets start at $30 and are available through the BEMF Box Office at WWW.BEMF.ORG or 617-661-1812 as well as the Box Office at the Cutler Majestic Theatre at AEStages.org or 617-824-8000.
 
The 2013 Boston Early Music Festival is presented with support from the Massachusetts Cultural Council, National Endowment for the Arts, ConstellationCenter, 99.5 All Classical, Harpsichord Clearing House, Zuckermann Harpsichords International, The Gregory E. Bulger Foundation, and U. S. Trust/Bank of America Private Wealth Management. 

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