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Boston Baroque announces new season

Tenor John Mark Ainsley and soprano Susanna Phillips will both make their Boston Baroque debuts next season.

Askonas Holt Artists(left); Ken Howard

Tenor John Mark Ainsley and soprano Susanna Phillips will both make their Boston Baroque debuts next season.

Boston Baroque’s programs next season will include performances of Bach’s “St. John Passion” and Handel’s “Agrippina” as well as a return to Monteverdi’s Vespers of 1610. These and other details of its 2014-15 concerts were announced Tuesday.

The period instrument orchestra and chorus, currently in its 40th season under founding music director Martin Pearlman, will expand its roster of guest vocal soloists next year. The performances of the “St. John Passion,” in February 2015, will feature the company debut of British tenor John Mark Ainsley as the Evangelist, performing alongside Andrew Garland as Jesus as well as Mary Wilson, Christopher Lowrey, Nicholas Phan, and Jesse Blumberg.

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“Agrippina,” in April 2015, will bring the ensemble debut of soprano Susanna Phillips in the title role and countertenor David Hansen as Nerone. Also in the cast will be Amanda Forsythe as Poppea, Marie Lenormand as Ottone, Kevin Deas as Claudius, Douglas Williams as Pallante, and Krista River as Narcissus and Juno. The season-opening performances of the 1610 Vespers, in November 2014, will bring Boston Baroque debuts for soprano Yulia Van Doren and tenor Thomas Cooley.

The ensemble’s annual traversals of Handel’s “Messiah” will take place Dec. 12 and 13, and its annual New Year’s Eve and New Year’s Day program will be devoted to Cimarosa’s “Il Maestro di Cappella.”

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