Classical music critic’s picks
Classical music and opera performances in the Boston area, including from the Boston Early Music Festival. Monteverdi’s “Orfeo” comes to life in high-BEMF style this weekend. As the featured work in the festival’s annual chamber opera series, Monteverdi’s iconic work will be presented Nov. 24 at 8 p.m., Nov. 25 at 3 p.m., Jordan Hall, 617-661-1812, www.bemf.org. A pre-concert talk with Harvard musicologist Thomas Forrest Kelly and the BEMF creative team begins one hour before each performance.