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2011: A very mixed year for classical music in Boston

Classical news good and bad.
Valedictions and salutations
By LLOYD SCHWARTZ  |  December 23, 2011

Boston Midsummer Opera's The Italian Girl in Algiers

This year Drew Minter and BMO gave us the young Rossini's The Italian Girl in Algiers , composed when he was 21 (it was his 11th opera!). It's an energetic comedy about a wily young woman who outwits the warlord who wants to add her to his harem.
Dream Girl ?
By LLOYD SCHWARTZ  |  August 05, 2011
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BLO does Britten's Midsummer Night's Dream

After last season's The Turn of the Screw, Boston Lyric Opera has returned to Benjamin Britten with A Midsummer Night's Dream, an adaptation of Shakespeare (at the Shubert Theatre through May 10).  
 Dream, dream, dream
By LLOYD SCHWARTZ  |  May 06, 2011

Il Giardino Armonico

In their dark suits, they could have been Milanese bankers, except for the brightly colored ties (each different), puddling trousers, and full spectrum of hairstyles.
Venice Rising
By JEFFREY GANTZ  |  February 25, 2011