Critic’s picks in Boston-area classical music

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Upcoming classial music and opera performanes in the greater Boston area include: BOSTON EARLY MUSIC FESTIVAL: ‘Almira’ This year’s festival opens on June 9 with a new production of Handel’s rarely spotted first opera, “Almira,” written at age 19. Gilbert Blin directs the period staging and Ulrike Hofbauer sings the title role, with a cast that includes Amanda Forsythe and Colin Balzer. June 9-16. Cutler Majestic Theatre. 617-661-1812,

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