Handel's Almira, Act 1

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(photo of the Handel and Haydn Society Chorus courtesy of the Handel and Haydn Society)

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Martin Pearlman leads Boston Baroque in Handel's Messiah, recorded in concert at New England Conservatory's Jordan Hall on Dec. 8, 2012, with soprano Mary Wilson, mezzo-soprano Ann McMahon Quintero, tenor John McVeigh, and baritone Andrew Garland.

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Anonymous (15th c., English) - Nowell Sing We

(image of the Tallis Scholars by Eric Richmond, courtesy of the artists)


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The Boston Early Music Festival presents George Frederic Handel's Almira, the composer's first opera, written when he was 19 years old. The production was recorded in performance during the 2013 Boston Early Music Festival.

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Hear Act 3 of Almira


Cast:
Almira, Queen of Castile - Ulrike Hofbauer
Edilia, A Princess of royal blood - Amanda Forsythe
Fernando, Secretary of the Queen - Colin Balzer
Consalvo, Prince of Segovia, guardian of Almira - Christian Immler
Osman, His son - Zachary Wilder
Raymondo, A King from Mauritania - Tyler Duncan
Bellante, Princess of Aranda - Valerie Vinzant
Tabarco, Fernando's servant - Jason McStoots

Paul O'Dette and Stephen Stubbs, Musical Directors
Gilbert Blin, Stage Director
Robert Mealy, Concertmaster
Kathleen Fay, Executive Director

For WCRB:
Alan McLellan, producer
Antonio Oliart Ros, audio engineer

(photo from Almira courtesy of Boston Early Music Festival)

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