© Julian Bullitt
Boston Baroque’s many career milestones include the American premiere of Rameau’s Zoroastre; a Mozart opera series including Marriage of Figaro, Così fan tutte, and the American period-instrument premieres of Mozart’s Don Giovanni and The Magic Flute; and the Beethoven symphonies.
In 1998–99, the ensemble gave the modern premiere of The Philosopher’s Stone, a singspiel newly discovered to include music by Mozart and to shed fresh light on his canon. In recent years, Boston Baroque has presented a cycle of the surviving operas of Monteverdi, which includes new performing editions of L’incoronazione di Poppea and Il ritorno d’Ulisse by Martin Pearlman; an internationally praised series of Handel operas including Agrippina, Alcina, Xerxes, Giulio Cesare, Semele, and Amadigi di Gaula; and, most recently, an acclaimed account of Rameau’s opera Les Indes galantes.
Boston Baroque has performed at major American music centers, such as Los Angeles’ Disney Hall, New York’s Carnegie Hall and the Cathedral of St. John the Divine, and festivals at Ravinia and Tanglewood; and the ensemble was the first period-instrument ensemble to be invited to participate at the Casals Festival in Puerto Rico. The ensemble made its European debut in 2003, performing Handel’s Messiah in Krakow and Warsaw, Poland. In reviews of the Monteverdi Vespers at the Cathedral of St. John the Divine in 2010, the New York Times called the performance ‘vital and ebullient’ and Opera News said that it was ‘an experience not soon to be forgotten.’
Boston Baroque reaches an international audience with its critically acclaimed recordings, of which Fanfare wrote ‘each one is an incomparable gem’. It is heard by millions on classical radio stations in North America and Europe. Three Boston Baroque recordings have been finalists for Grammy Awards: Handel’s Messiah (1992); Monteverdi’s Vespers of 1610 (1998); and Bach’s Mass in B Minor (2000).
Alphabetical listing of all musical works
|Die Schöpfung (Haydn)|
|Missa in angustiis 'Lord Nelson Mass', Hob XXII:11 (Haydn)|
|Symphony No 102 in B flat major (Haydn)|