2018–2019 Season

Francesca Caccini’s Alcina

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

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

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A contemporary of Monteverdi and a colleague of Galileo, Francesca Caccini came of age in Florence during the earliest years of opera as an art form. Both a composer and a performer, she was one of the most important musical figures at the Medici court during the regency of Christina of Lorraine and her daughter-in-law Maria Maddalena. In 1625, amid this time of female leadership, she created the first opera by a woman composer, La liberazione di Ruggiero dall’isola d’Alcina.

AlcinaAlcina is a brilliant 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 and liberate the captives who Alcina has transformed into plants and trees to ornament her island.

“A constant delight of anticipation.”

—The Wall Street Journal


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


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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, 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