Rinaldo with Boston Opera Collaborative 

Handel’s brilliant opera, performed in an action-packed 90 minutes. Following the resounding success of sold out season opener Les Lettres de Werther , Boston Opera Collaborative will present their second opera of the season, Handel’s Rinaldo , in collaboration with New York’s New Vintage Baroque ensemble. Rinaldo , which was performed more than any other opera during Handel’s lifetime, is a story about the conflict of war, love and personal desires vs. the greater glory. Rinaldo will be performed in Italian with English supertitles at the Benjamin Franklin Institute of Technology in a hall that is a one third size replica of Symphony Hall. With just 160 seats in this performing space, the audience will enjoy this tale of love, battle and redemption right in the midst of the action.

With this production, BOC continues its commitment to performing shorter works in intimate settings Rinaldo will be presented in just 90 minutes of dramatic and thrilling musical storytelling. Conductor Michael Sakir speaks about BOC’s exciting collaboration with New Vintage Baroque for Rinaldo: “ What drew me to NVB was their focus on theater and drama. They are unique among early music ensembles in that they fuse storytelling with the exciting and sublime music of the Baroque era. What better group to play one of Handel's most thrilling and beautiful operas?” Sakir also commented on the quality and focus of this new production: “ I'm personally very excited about BOC's RINALDO because this will be unlike any production of the opera seen before. BOC Artistic Directors Greg Smucker and PatriciaMaria Weinmann and I have truncated what was already a very exciting Handel opera and made it into an even tighter and more engaging 90minute production. ”

PERFORMANCES: Thursday, March 26, 8:00 p.m. Friday, March 27, 8:00 p.m. Saturday, March 28, 8:00 p.m. Sunday, March 29, 4:00 p.m.

VENUE Benjamin Franklin Institute of Technology 41 Berkeley Street, Boston, MA 02116

Conductor: Michael Sakir

Directors: Greg Smucker and PatriciaMaria Weinmann

The orchestra, the New York-based New Vintage Baroque, numbers just nine, but on Thursday its graceful, songful playing, was a major element in the production’s success.

— The Boston Globe, March 29, 2015