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Boston Early Music stages full version of Handel’s 1st opera

Ulrike Hofbauer, center, sings the title role in Boston Early Music Festival's "Almira."
Ulrike Hofbauer, center, sings the title role in Boston Early Music Festival's "Almira."
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Even as a teenager, George Frideric Handel’s music was touched by genius. “It is amazing,” said Ulrike Hofbauer, who is singing the lead in “Almira,” Handel’s first opera, written when he was just 19. “His colors and the way he responded and set the words to music. . . it is fully Handel. When I saw the score, I never thought of it as coming from a 19-year-old.” Boston Early Music Festival is presenting “Almira” ...

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