Monday, June 13, 2011

Boston Early Music Festival and Niobe: Queen of Thebes

This afternoon I had the pleasure of listening to soprano Angelique Zuluaga sing works by B. Strozzi, Buxtehude, Purcell, etc. She lived and sang extensively in Colombia. We were lucky to have her in Boston for the BEMF. Harpsichordist Bernard Gordillo performed beautifully on an instrument on loan from La Donna Musicale. Laury Guitierrez, the director of la Donna was in the audience. She will perform twice in the BEMF and again in the SoHIP Early Music Concert Series. Allison Guest Edlberg was wonderful on the baroque violin. She studied at Indiana U. as did the other two performers in this ensemble.

Niobe: Queen of Thebes, the baroque opera was truly incredible. The costumes, sets, chamber orchestra, singing, all of it was wondrous. Four hours passed by so quickly and I forgot to mention the acting and dancing. It was on of the best cultural events that I have ever attended. A kind friend gave me her ticket for the opening performance. See it if you can!