Layla Claire, Paula Murrihy To Star in Boston Baroque’s ‘Ariodante’

By David Salazar
(Credit: Lisa-Marie-Mazzucco)

Boston Baroque is set to present Handel’s “Ariodante” on April 24 and 25, 2020.

The performance, which will take place at the New England Conservatory’s Jordan Hall, will be led by mezzo-soprano Paula Murrihy in the title role with soprano Layla Claire performing for the first time as Ginerva; Claire is replacing Kiera Duffy, who withdrew from the project due to personal reasons.

“We are delighted to welcome Layla Claire back to the Boston Baroque stage after her stunning performance in Handel’s Messiah in December 2018,” stated Music Director Martin Pearlman in a press release. “Audiences will be lucky to see her first performance in the dramatically and vocally demanding role of Ginevra.”

Other cast members include Sonja Tengblad as Dalinda, Ann McMahon Quintero as Polinesso, Rufus Müller as Lurcanio in his company debut, Matthew Brook as the King of Scotland, and Jonas Budris as Odoardo. Sam Helfrich directs. Pearlman conducts.