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Posted by: Jeri-Lou Zike
Posted on: Aug 12th, 2012, 4:04pm
The Haymarket Opera Company celebrates Labor Day Weekend!
Friday, August 31, 2012 7:30 PM Saturday, September 1, 2012 7:00 PM AND 9:30 PM
Newly-renovated intimate Mayne Stage 1328 W. Morse Ave., Chicago, IL
Haymarket Opera Company opens its second full season with the Chicago premiere of Handel's Clori, Tirsi e Fileno from 1707. In the story, two shepherds are in love with a fickle shepherdess who tries in vain to outsmart them. This lively pastoral, composed in 1707, includes some of Handel's finest arias and duets, later borrowed by the composer for such "hits" as Rinaldo, Agrippina, and Acis and Galatea. Cellist Craig Trompeter will lead the baroque orchestra and Ellen Hargis , newly named Stage Director in Residence, will direct a cast of three singers.
The cast includes sopranos Josefien Stoppelenburg and Alison Wahl and mezzo soprano Angela Young Smucker . The work requires a colorful orchestra of strings, oboes, recorders, and the rarely-heard archlute. The line up of players includes international lute superstar Michael Leopold and baroque oboist Debra Nagy.
Haymarket Opera Company takes its name from both the 1886 bombing in Chicago and the King's Theater in London's Haymarket district, where many of Handel's operas were premiered. How appropriate we are performing on Labor Day Weekend in Chicago!
"The Haymarket Opera Company makes its home at the Mayne Stage, 1328 West Morse Avenue in Chicago. While the theater originated in the 20th century (it was 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." (Trompeter) Located in Rogers Park, one of Chicago's lakeside neighborhoods, Mayne Stage is 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 general $53, Balcony barstool $33 Mayne Stage box office (773) 381-4551 www.maynestage.com Jeri-Lou Zike, vice president and marketing JLZIKE@aol.com