Boston Baroque will open its 40th anniversary season in the fall with its first traversals of Beethoven’s Ninth Symphony, and will close it next spring with semi-staged performances of Monteverdi’s opera “Il Ritorno d’Ulisse in patria.” These and other details of its upcoming season were announced on Tuesday.
The Monteverdi opera (April 25 and 26, 2014) will be presented in a new performance edition by music director Martin Pearlman. Mark Streshinsky will direct the staging, with a cast that includes Fernando Guimarães, Jennifer Rivera, Leah Wool, Daniel Auchincloss, Abigail Nims, Aaron Sheehan, Daniel Shirley, Marc Molomot, Sara Heaton, and Christopher Lowrey. The performances of Beethoven’s Ninth Symphony (Nov. 8 and 9) will feature vocal soloists Leah Partridge, Ann McMahon Quintero, William Burden, and Kevin Deas.
Pearlman and company will also continue their explorations of the French Baroque with a program (Feb. 14 and 16, 2014) pairing Charpentier’s “Te Deum” with Rameau’s opera “La Guirlande,” featuring Amanda Forsythe, Lawrence Williford, and Andrew Garland in the cast.
The ensemble’s two signature holiday offerings also return next season: its “Messiah” performances (Dec. 13 and 14), this year with vocal soloists Kiera Duffy, Kate Lindsey, Nicholas Phan, and Jesse Blumberg, and its festive New Year’s Eve concert. The latter program, repeated New Year’s Day, will feature works by Bach including his “Coffee” Cantata, “Schweigt Stille, Plaudert Nicht,” and the Brandenburg Concertos Nos. 3 and 4.