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Canto: Baroque Opera and Drag, a Natural Match

Canto: Baroque Opera and Drag, a Natural Match

Michael Galvin
'The kinds of roles written for my voice type, as an operatic bass,' writes Michael Galvin in a personal essay, 'have never fit the roles that have excited me as a stage performer. It’s why I’ve been so drawn to early music — the farther back one goes in history, the more the lines blur between what is prescribed and what is possible.'
A Teenage Mystic, a Revelation from God, and Bossy Parents: the Academy of Sacred Drama Revives a Lost Oratorio

A Teenage Mystic, a Revelation from God, and Bossy Parents: the Academy of Sacred Drama Revives a Lost Oratorio

Ashley Mulcahy
Biblical oratorios by Handel and Bach are cornerstones of a vast repertoire filled with forgotten treasures. New York's Academy of Sacred Drama is reviving these often-gorgeous obscurities, one show at a time. Led by violinist Jeremy Rhizor, their latest discovery is 'Santa Maria Maddalena de' Pazzi,' with performances this week. 'The oratorios exist as literary narratives as well as stories of Biblical histories and lessons.'
Showcasing The Fooles from EMA's Boston Summit

Showcasing The Fooles from EMA’s Boston Summit

Alyssa Campbell
You can now watch EMA's extraordinary 2023 Emerging Artists Showcase, with three headliners. To introduce their performance, a member of The Fooles here offers insights into new postures and techniques required of this 17th-c. repertoire. And period-instrument ensembles everywhere should take note of their brilliant tuning regimen, where tuning fickle instruments isn't a disruption but an engaging part of the show.
A Handelian Feast in Portland

A Handelian Feast in Portland

James Bash
Like a jukebox musical, a pasticcio opera takes hit tunes from an artist or era and stitches them together with a bespoke plot. Celebrating its 40th anniversary, Portland Baroque Orchestra is set to perform 'Dinner with Handel,' a pasticcio where the great composer is caught in a surprise dinner party—revealing the man and his complicated relationships.
Canto: We Have the Technology

Canto: We Have the Technology

Ian Howell
Even before the ubiquity of Zoom, we were all conditioned to think that in-person musical interactions are always superior to anything online. Always. But what if a musician can't spend the money or time to connect in person? The author argues that newer technology allows us a more nuanced approach: we can pick solutions that are financially, logistically, and artistically preferable.
The Earthquake Lady and her Viol: Sounding the Climate Alarm

The Earthquake Lady and her Viol: Sounding the Climate Alarm

Donna Lee Davidson
Los Angeles-based viola da gamba player Lucy Jones, the go-to seismologist after a California earthquake, is turning her scientific renown towards a bigger crisis. 'Tempo: Music for Climate Action' uses music to depict the science of climate change.
Esteban Salas and a Start of Cuban Music

Esteban Salas and a Start of Cuban Music

Curtis Pavey
The latest installment of 'Early Music: the Americas' explores the life and impact of an important Cuban musician from the later 18th century, Esteban Salas. As a composer, pedagogue, and priest, Salas left a huge output of music, but research and performances are still lagging far behind.
EMA's Top 10 Most Popular of 2023

EMA’s Top 10 Most Popular of 2023

EMA Staff
As 2023 comes to a close, check out EMA’s 10 most popular features and reviews from the world of early music.
The Best-Kept Secret in American Early Music?

The Best-Kept Secret in American Early Music?

Kyle MacMillan
The Aston Magna Festival, which stakes a claim as the oldest period-instrument festival in the country, turned 50 this past summer. As its long-time artistic director, violinist Daniel Stepner, plans to retire, the venerable festival is in for major changes.
I Care How You Listen: Streaming Early Music

I Care How You Listen: Streaming Early Music

Jacob Jahiel
An early musician's rant about the streaming-service behemoth Spotify: We have better options! From sound and search to library size and liner notes, there are two newer services that will improve the quality of your early-music listening experience. They're somewhat more fair in artist compensation, too, a meaningful distinction for the consumer.

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