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Critic’s picks: Classical music

BOSTON EARLY MUSIC FESTIVAL: ‘Almira’ This year’s festival opens on June 9 with a new production of Handel’s rarely spotted first opera, “Almira,” written at age 19. Gilbert Blin directs the period staging and Ulrike Hofbauer sings the title role, with a cast that includes Amanda Forsythe and Colin Balzer. Pictured (from top): Almira understudy Valerie Vinzant, and BEMF artistic co-directors Paul O’Dette (left) and Stephen Stubbs. June 9-16. Cutler Majestic Theatre. 617-661-1812,

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