Musicians of the Ospedali

Musicians of the Ospedali

Premieres October 3, 2022

SalonEra delves into the fascinating history of Venice’s Ospedali with baritone/scholar Lisandro Abadie as our enthusiastic guide.



Premieres November 14, 2022

Chamber music for flute, oboe, clarinet, bassoon, and horn by Mozart, Reicha, and Krommer reflect shifting aesthetic values, experimental technologies, and newfound virtuosity.

Ottoman Influence

Ottoman Influence (re-broadcast)

Premieres December 19, 2022

In this special re-broadcast from SalonEra Season 2, Ottoman music enthusiast and multi-instrumentalist Daphna Mor guest curates an exploration of musical connections between east and west.

No Straight Answers

No Straight Answers

Premieres January 16, 2023

SE highlights queer artists working in the realm of Baroque opera, delving into how issues of representation, community, and queer love are reflected in the plots and vocal writing of 17th and 18th century works for the stage.

Finding Lisette

Finding Lisette

Premieres February 13, 2023

Guest Curator Jean Bernard Cerin traces the history of the Haitian Creole song “Lisette quitté la plaine” and explores how its meaning is transformed by different musical communities as it travels around the globe, becoming a lens through which we can explore the dynamic, fraught history of Haiti and its occupiers.


Bach 52

Premieres March 13, 2023

SalonEra partners with GRAMMY-nominated tenor Nicholas Phan to probe the question “Is Bach’s music for everyone?” Drawing on tenor arias and interviews captured for Phan’s BACH 52 project, Nicholas, Debra Nagy, and a range of community members reckon with the complex social history of Bach’s music as well as its enduring resonance in their lives.


Ximenez: Music & Politics

Premieres April 17, 2023

In this episode, SE favorite Karin Cuellar-Rendon and the Ximenez Quartet trace the early nationbuilding efforts of 19th-century Latin American composers Pedro Ximénez Abril Tirado (Bolivia-Peru), José Bernardo Alzedo (Chile), and Chiquinha Gonzaga (Brazil) who integrated elements of the European classical tradition with local musical genres.

La Folia!

Premiered May 3, 2021

SalonEra caps off its first season with a party episode featuring soprano Sherezade Panthaki, countertenor Reginald Mobley, and lutenist Arash Noori. A celebratory vibe extends to the remote collaborations, featuring guests and contributing artists Maya Kherani, Shelby Yamin, Maria Romero, Karin Cuellar, Gail Hernandez-Rosa, Daphna Mor, Mélisande Corriveau, Rebecca Reed, Eric Milnes, and Mark Edwards, performing works by Monteverdi, Corelli, Purcell, Marais, Boismortier, and others.

The Orpheus Myth

Premiered April 19, 2021

No myth is more foundational to musicians than the tragic tale of Orpheus and his lute. On April 19th, SalonEra guests scholar Susan McClary, soprano Michele Kennedy, and tenor Jason McStoots bring the story to life through conversation and music that spans the centuries. Audiences will enjoy excerpts from Monteverdi’s Orfeo and Charpentier’s La descente d’Orphée aux enfers (in archival performances shared with SalonEra by the Boston Early Music Festival) as we consider different artistic interpretations of the story including Marcel Camus’ 1959 film Black Orpheus. Tune in for new remote collaborations of music by Monteverdi, Rameau, Maurice Green, and Vaughn Williams, each of whom used the Orpheus story to probe connections between humanity and music.

Medieval Visionaries

Premiered March 29, 2021

SalonEra illuminates the lives and works of two Medieval visionaries: Christine de Pizan and Guillaume de Machaut. The greatest poet-musician of the 14th century, Machaut was a trailblazer across multiple forms and genres. Pizan challenged misogyny in her writing, envisioning a feminist utopia in her famous book The City of Ladies, and championing equal rights for women. Multi-instrumentalist Scott Metcalfe, director of acclaimed vocal ensemble Blue Heron joins Medieval organetto virtuoso Catalina Vicens for music by Machaut, Binchois, Dufay, and others.