Jillian Goldin as Pleasure
in Purcell's DIOCLETIAN 
(photo: Kathleen Sweadner) Lisa A. Taylor as Music
in Monteverdi's ORFEO 
(photo: Jesse Hellman)  
  Elizabeth Hungerford
as Purcell's DIDO 
(photo: Peter Wen-Chih Lee)

Almost every year since 1997, the Peabody Chamber Opera has pre­sented a staged pro­duc­tion of early opera, under the musical leader­ship in turn of Webb Wiggins, Joseph Gascho, and Adam Pearl, preparing many of our graduates for early-music careers. The reorgan­ized Early Music Depart­ment under the direction of Mark Cudek now includes a contin­uing ensemble, the Balti­more Baroque Band, which accom­panies pro­duc­tions as well as playing its own concerts. The works that we have performed in art galleries, churches, and our own halls have included:

Hildegard von Bingen: Ordo Virtutum
Monte­verdi: Orfeo, Poppea, & several shorter works
Cavalli: Calisto, Ormindo, & a new edition of Egisto
Purcell: Dido and Aeneas, Dioclesian, & Timon of Athens
Charpentier: Actéon & Les arts florissants
Rameau: Adonis & Anacréon

Christopher Dudley
as Charpentier's ACTEON 
(photo: Kathleen Sweadner)