Beethoven's 9th Symphony to Open Boston Baroque's 40th Season, 11/8-9
Boston Baroque also reaches an audience of millions of listeners around the globe with more than 20 critically-acclaimed recordings, which have been recognized with three Grammy nominations. With the 2012 release of Haydn's Creation, Boston Baroque began a new recording relationship with the audiophile European label Linn Records, named by Gramophone as Label of the Year in 2010.
Boston Baroque made an acclaimed appearance in 2009 with two programs at the Casals Festival in Puerto Rico, and performed Monteverdi's Vespers of 1610 to a sold-out crowd and standing ovation in New York's Cathedral Church of St. John the Divine in March 2010. The ensemble made its European debut in 2003, performing Handel's Messiah to capacity crowds in Krakow and Warsaw, Poland, and toured the Vespers to Los Angeles' Walt Disney Concert Hall, the Ravinia Festival in Chicago, and Tanglewood in 2004.
About Martin Pearlman: Martin Pearlman, founder and continuing Music Director of Boston Baroque, is a conductor, harpsichordist, composer and early-music specialist, and is one of America's leading interpreters of Baroque and Classical music. Highlights of his work include the complete Monteverdi opera cycle, with his own new performing editions of The Coronation of Poppea and The Return of Ulysses; the American premiere of Rameau's Zoroastre; Gluck's Iphigénie en Tauride and Alceste; a survey of Beethoven symphonies on period instruments; major Handel operas including Alcina, Agrippina, Semele, Xerxes and Partenope; and a Mozart series includingAbduction from the Seraglio, The Magic Flute, Marriage of Figaro, Così fan tutte and the North American period instrument premiere of Don Giovanni.
Mr. Pearlman made his Kennedy Center debut with The Washington Opera in Handel's Semele, and has guest conducted the National Arts Centre Orchestra of Ottawa, Utah Opera, Opera Columbus, Boston Lyric Opera, Minnesota Orchestra, San Antonio Symphony and New World Symphony. Recent compositions by Mr. Pearlman include The Creation according to Orpheus for solo piano, harp, percussion and string orchestra; and music for three plays of Samuel Beckett, commissioned by and premiered at New York's 92nd Street Y and performed in Cambridge in 2007. Writing in the Boston Globe, Anthony Tommasini said: "If fans of Boston Baroque wonder why Pearlman's conducting is so insightful, it's because he knows, as only a composer can, how music goes."
Mr. Pearlman is Professor of Music in Historical Performance at the Boston University School of Music.
About Leah Partridge: Soprano Leah Partridge makes her debut with Boston Baroque. She has received consistent praise worldwide for her compelling stage presence and intelligent interpretations of opera's most beloved characters. Opera Magazine has praised her for her "clarity, accuracy and poise," and the Detroit Free Press has hailed her for her "lovely presence and shining voice." Since making her debut in 2003 as Lucia in Lucia di Lammermoor, Ms. Partridge has had a career full of remarkable milestones. Her Metropolitan Opera debut came in 2008 as the First Niece in Peter Grimes followed by a return engagement as La Charmeuse in Thaïs. Both roles were part of the MET's Live in HD broadcasts and were released on DVD on EMI. In 2010, Ms. Partridge performed Marie in La fille du Régiment with the Metropolitan Opera to great acclaim as a last minute replacement and the performance was captured live on Sirius Satellite Radio.
About Ann McMahon Quintero: Praised for her "crème caramel tones" and "warm and ingratiating mezzo" by the Albuquerque Journal, Ann McMahon Quintero's 2012-13 season included Mary in Der fliegende Holländer in a return to Boston Lyric Opera, Amneris in Aida with Annapolis Opera and mezzo soloist in Messiah with Boston Baroque, under Martin Pearlman. She made her debut with the Spoleto Festival (USA) as Suor Pazienza in Giordano's Messe Mariano in summer 2013 and, in season 2013-14, with Virginia Opera, as Mistress Quickly in Verdi's Falstaff.
About William Burden: Also making his debut with Boston Baroque, American tenor William Burden has won an outstanding reputation in a wide-ranging repertoire throughout Europe and North America. He has appeared at the Metropolitan Opera, San Francisco Opera, Lyric Opera of Chicago, Houston Grand Opera, Seattle Opera, Opera Company of Philadelphia, Santa Fe Opera, New York City Opera, La Scala, Glyndebourne Opera Festival, Paris Opera, Munich State Opera, Canadian Opera and the Saito Kinen Festival. His many roles include the title roles of Faust, Pelléas et Mélisande, Orphée et Eurydice, The Rake's Progress, Roméo et Juliette andBéatrice and Bénédict, Edgardo in Lucia di Lammermoor, Aschenbach in Death in Venice, Captain Vere in Billy Budd, Don José inCarmen and the Male Chorus in The Rape of Lucretia. He also appeared in the U.S. premiere of Henze's Phaedra at the Opera Company of Philadelphia and created roles in Tobias Picker's An American Tragedy at the Metropolitan Opera, Christopher Theofanidis' Heart of a Soldier at the San Francisco Opera, Kevin Puts' Pulitzer Prize-winning Silent Night at the Minnesota Opera and Daron Hagen's Amelia at the Seattle Opera.
About Kevin Deas: Kevin Deas has gained international acclaim as one of America's leading basses. Lauded for his "burnished sound, clarity of diction and sincerity of expression" and "fervent intensity" by Chicago Tribune critic John von Rhein, Deas has been variously called "exemplary" by the Denver Post, "especially fine" by the Washington Post and possessing "a resourceful range of expression" by The Cincinnati Enquirer. He is perhaps most acclaimed for his signature portrayal of the title role in Porgy and Bess, having sung it with the New York Philharmonic, Philadelphia Orchestra, National Symphony, the St. Paul Chamber Orchestra, the San Francisco, Atlanta, San Diego, Utah, Houston, Minnesota, Baltimore and Montreal symphonies as well as at the Ravinia and Saratoga festivals.
Pictured: Martin Pearlman. Photo Credit: Patrick O'Connor.
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