Boston Baroque plans a varied season for 2015-16

February 18, 2015 at 10:58 am

By Aaron Keebaugh

Martin Pearlman will open Boston Baroque’s 2015-16 season with Vivaldi’s only oratorio October 23 at Jordan Hall.

For their 2015-2016 season, Martin Pearlman will lead Boston Baroque in rich and varied repertoire that encompasses the full range of the company’s period of specialty.

The Boston Baroque chorus and period instrument orchestra will kick off the season with Vivaldi’s Juditha Triumphans, the composer’s only surviving oratorio, October 23 at Jordan Hall. Mezzo-soprano Daniela Mack will make her Boston Baroque debut in the title role. Joining her will be mezzo-soprano Leah Wool as Holofernes, soprano Amanda Forsythe as Vagaus, and soprano Sonja DuToit Tengblad in dual roles as Abra and Ozias.

Vivaldi’s music will also be the toast of the annual New Year’s concerts (December 31 and January 1 at Sanders Theatre). Boston Baroque will offer the composer’s best known concertos, The Four Seasons, which will feature concertmaster Christina Day Martinson as soloist.

Boston Baroque’s annual performances of Handel’s Messiah (December 11 and 12 at Jordan Hall) will bring to the stage a strong lineup of vocalists, including soprano Jeanine De Bique, countertenor Christopher Lowry, tenor Thomas Colley, and bass-baritone Dashon Burton.

Pearlman and Boston Baroque will turn to the music of Classical era in concerts March 4 and 5, 2016 with two virtuosic cantatas for soprano and orchestra: Beethoven’s Ah! Perfido, Op. 65 and Haydn’s Scena de Berenice. Both works will spotlight Romanian-born soprano Ana Maria Labin, who will make her Boston Baroque debut. Also making his debut with the company in the same concerts will be fortepianist Kristian Bezuidenhout, who will perform as soloist in Beethoven’s Piano Concerto No. 2. To round out the program, Pearlman will lead the Boston Baroque orchestra in Beethoven’s Symphony No. 5.

Boston Baroque will close the season with a semi-staged production of Mozart’s Die Zauberflöte (April 15 and 16, 2016 at Jordan Hall). The performances, which will be sung in German with English dialogue, will feature acclaimed tenor Nicholas Phan as Tamino, soprano Leah Partridge as Pamina, baritone Andrew Garland as Papageno, soprano Sara Heaton as Papagena, bass Gustav Andreassen as Sarastro, and soprano Mary Wilson as the Queen of the Night.

Tickets for the 2015-2016 season go on sale today. bostonbaroque.org.

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