Critic’s Choice

Wed Feb 22, 2012 at 6:21 pm

By Lawrence A. Johnson

UPDATE: With its two scheduled performances nearly sold out, Haymarket Opera Company has added a third, late-night performance Saturday at 10 p.m.

The Haymarket Opera Company will present the second and final production of its inaugural season this weekend with La Descente d’Orphee aux Enfers (The Descent of Orpheus to the Underworld).

Marc-Antoine Charpentier’s concise chamber opera is well suited to the new period-instrument company, intimate in scale yet with much attractive music. Marc Molomot and Carrie Henneman Shaw star as the doomed lovers Orpheus and Euridice, Peter van de Graaff tackles the double roles of Apollo and Pluto, and Craig Trompeter leads the ensemble.

Performances are 7:30 p.m. Friday and Saturday at the Mayne Stage, 1328 W. Morse. Call 773-381-4554 or go to

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