Handel: Partenope

7:30 pm on Friday, October 19, 2012
New England Conservatory’s Jordan Hall 30 Gainsborough Street, Boston
The season opens with George Frideric Handel’s delightful opera Partenope (par-TEN-oh-pay), with soprano Amanda Forsythe in the title role. The opera had not been heard much over the years, but received renewed attention after the New York City Opera performed it to great acclaim in 2010. Partenope premiered in 1730 and is a comedy — unusual for Handel, as most of his operas are more serious. It is a light and frothy romp that involves jilted lovers, hidden identities, and gorgeous arias in which, as the New York Times says, “the women come out on top.” Semi-staged and sung in Italian with English supertitles. Subscriptions for the 2012-2013 season start at just $66 for a three-concert package, to a maximum of $380 for all five concerts in the top seating category. Subscribers enjoy a variety of benefits, including price discounts, easy ticket exchange, special subscriber events throughout the season, and more. For more information or to place subscription orders, patrons can call the Boston Baroque box office, at 617.987.8600 ext. 1, Monday through Friday from 10:00 am to 5:00 pm. Information is also available online at www.bostonbaroque.org. Tickets to individual concerts will be available beginning September 1.