Chicago Opera Theater to present Mostly Medea series

Tue Jul 28, 2009 at 11:02 pm

By Lawrence A. Johnson

“Mad for Medea” could be the marketing hook for Chicago Opera Theater over the next three seasons, as the company presents a trio of annual Baroque operas exploring the celebrated Greek myth.

 In addition to the already-announced staging of Franceso Cavalli’s Giasone in 2010, COT will serve up Charpentier’s Medee in 2011 and Handel’s Teseo in 2012. Early music specialist Christian Cumyn will conduct all three productions.

 COT’s programming was part of a  news release distributed Tuesday night about the Chicago Early Music Festival, a new city-sponsored initiative, first reported by Chicago Classical Review last month.

 The release provides few additional programming details, except that the popular Trio Medieval will be a guest ensemble, performing April 23 as part of the University of Chicago Presents series.  There will also be an early-music exhibition at the Chicago Cultural Center April 24 and 25 for instrument dealers, music publishers and the public.

As mentioned previously, Chicago Opera Theater’s Giasone performances, April 24-May 3, will anchor the festival, in which the city’s early music ensembles, including Baroque Band and The Newberry Consort, will participate.

 The six-day festival, running April 20-25, is jointly sponsored by the Chicago Department of Cultural Affairs and the Chicago Office of Tourism.

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