Boston Baroque

Effective date for entry: 3/13/2012

Contact information

Mailing address:10 Guest Street, Suite 290
Boston, MA 02135


Professional chorus.

Boston Baroque is the first permanent Baroque orchestra established in North America, and is widely regarded as "one of the world's premier period-instrument bands" The company performs orchestral, choral, and operatic works from the Baroque and Classical eras (approximately 1610-1840), using instruments and performance techniques that reflect the era in which the works were composed.

The ensemble presents an annual subscription series consisting of five programs that are performed at New England Conservatory's Jordan Hall in Boston, MA, or Harvard University's Sanders Theatre in Cambridge, MA, plus occasional additional concerts at other venues, to a total audience of more than 10,000 each year.

Boston Baroque's many career milestones include the American premiere of Rameau's Zoroastre; a Mozart opera series including Marriage of Figaro, Cosí fan tutte, and the American period-instrument premieres of Mozart's Don Giovanni and The Magic Flute; and a revelatory exploration of the Beethoven symphonies on period instruments. 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 Boston's first complete cycle of the surviving operas of Monteverdi, with new performing editions of L'incoronazione di Poppea and Il ritorno d'Ulisse by Martin Pearlman; and an internationally acclaimed series of Handel operas including Agrippina, Alcina, Xerxes, Giulio Cesare, Semele, and Amadigi di Gaula. Most recently, the ensemble performed a rare and pathbreaking account of Rameau's Les Indes Galantes in the spring of 2011.

Boston Baroque is the resident professional ensemble for Boston University's Historical Performance Program, where it is helping to train the next generation of period-instrument performers.

Music Director:Martin Pearlman
Year founded:1973
Number of Singers:35
Voice parts:Adults, mixed

  • Auditions required
  • Commercial recordings

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