Handel opera ‘Almira’ tops BEMF lineup

The Boston Early Music Festival has announced details of its upcoming festival and exhibition (June 9-16). This year’s installment of the biennial festival, which attracts early music fans from across the country and abroad, will be titled “Youth: Genius and Folly” and will present as its theatrical centerpiece Handel’s first opera, “Almira,” directed by Gilbert Blin. It will also reprise a double bill of works by Charpentier — “La Descente d'Orphée aux Enfers” and “La Couronne de Fleurs” — first staged for BEMF’s chamber opera series in 2011.

Among this year’s 16 festival concerts will be an evening of Mozart’s chamber music to be performed on the composer’s own violin and viola, traveling to the United States for the first time. The lineup of official festival concerts will also include performances by the Newberry Consort, the Hilliard Ensemble, and gambist Jordi Savall alongside BEMF’s signature mix of symposia, master classes, dance workshops, and a concurrent set of more than 100 Fringe concerts by established and emerging performers.

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Jeremy Eichler