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Craig Trompeter


Haymarket Opera Company Features Baroque Dance
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The Haymarket Opera Company Features Baroque Dance
Friday, February 24, 2012 7:30 PM
Saturday, February 25, 2012 7:30 PM
Newly-renovated intimate Mayne Stage 1328 W. Morse Ave., Chicago, IL
For our second production we are taking you to Hades, via 17th century Paris. Our design team is dreaming up a wonderful look and feel for the February production of Charpentier’s rarely heard masterpiece La Descente d’Orphée aux Enfers.  This story is very close to the hearts of those who believe deeply in the power of music and the human voice to bring about surprising changes in the world (and the underworld!). Craig Trompeter will lead the baroque orchestra, gamba in hand, and the renowned Ellen Hargis, newly named Stage Director in Residence for HOC, will direct a cast of ten singers.
Our cast includes tenor Marc Molomot (an American who has lived and breathed French baroque music in Paris for a decade) as Orpheus, WFMT personality and bass-baritone Peter Van De Graaff as Pluto, and, fresh from her vocally and dramatically stunning performances as Aci in our premiere, Josefien Stoppelenburg returns to sing the role of Proserpine. The work requires a wonderfully colorful orchestra of three bass viols, recorders, violins, theorbo, organ and harpsichord. The knock-out line up of players, includes harpsichordist superstar Jory Vinikour, who will also be performing with Lyric Opera.
There is something even more exciting and unique about our production: baroque dance. In France during the grand siècle everyone danced—even Louis XIV appeared on the operatic stage in a starring dance role! International baroque dance specialist and choreographer, Carlos Fittante will be joined by dance partner, Robin Gilbert.  They will evoke the elegant world of the French court.
The Haymarket Opera Company makes its home at the Mayne Stage, 1328 West Morse Avenue in Chicago.  While the theater's origins can be traced back to the 20th century (built in 1912 as a vaudeville and movie house), it provides a perfect venue in which to perform 17th and 18th century operas. The setting is intimate and has superb acoustics and perfect sight lines.  Nestled in Rogers Park, one of Chicago's lakeside neighborhoods, the Mayne Stage is conveniently located steps from the CTA Red Line "Morse" stop and has inexpensive valet parking and plenty of street parking.  Opera goers may also enjoy a full meal and/or drinks at Act One, the Mayne Stage's in-house restaurant.
Tickets $45, standing room $25 available www.maynestage.com
Box office (773) 381-4551
Craig Trompeter  craig@haymarketopera.org www.haymarketopera.org
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