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BMOP proceeds with Tippett’s ‘Midsummer Marriage’

Before a note was played, Saturday night’s Boston Modern Orchestra Project performance of Michael Tippett’s first mature opera, “The Midsummer Marriage,” generated more good will and broader public curiosity than the average season-opener. That’s because the now-defunct Opera Boston had this rarely spotted Tippett opera on its agenda long before the company abruptly folded last December.

Conveniently enough, Gil Rose, Opera Boston’s former artistic director, also leads BMOP, and so, with help from some of Opera Boston’s former board members, the Tippett project was plucked from the wreckage and reconceived for Saturday night’s concert performance in Jordan Hall. Everyone seemed grateful for the chance to encounter this work after all.

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