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      Haymarket Opera presents a dress rehearsal of Clori, Tirsi e Fileno?, at the Mayne Stage,Wednesday, Aug. 29, 2012.

      Haymarket Opera presents a dress rehearsal of Clori, Tirsi e Fileno?, at the Mayne Stage,Wednesday, Aug. 29, 2012.

      The Haymarket Opera Company previews excerpts from the Scarlatti Opera Argar et Ismaele esiliati. With libretto by Giuseppe Domenico de Totis, the opera tells the biblical story of the exile of Hagar and her son Ishmael. The work is set for four voices with string orchestra and continuo. The cast members are Angela Young Smucker, mezzo soprano as Agar; Kristin Knutson,soprano as Ismaele; Jill Dewsnup, soprano as Sara and Angelo and bass-baritone Peter van de Graaff as Abramo. Craig Trumpeter is the music director.

      On the program:

      From Alessandro Scarlatti’s Agar et Ismaele esiliati

      Agar–Angela Young Smucker, mezzo soprano
      Ismaele–Kristin Knutson, soprano
      Abramo–Peter van de Graaff, bass
      Sara–Jill Dewsnup
      Angelo–Jill Dewsnup

      1) Sinfonia through duet Abramo pietà
      2) Ismaele: “In van s’affligge” through the aria Sgombra pur le timor
      3)Angelo: “Agar, Agar” until the end of the work


      From Cesti’s L’Orontea

      Orontea–Angel Young Smucker, mezzo soprano
      4) Act 2 Scene 17 Orontea “Intorno all’idol mio”


      From Marin Marais’s Ariane et Bacchus

      Ariane–Kristin Knutson, soprano
      5) Act I, scene 1 Ariane: “C’est en vain” through measure 66


      From Alessandro Stradella’s San Giovanni Battista

      Erode–Peter van de Graaff, bass
      Erodiade–Jill Dewsnup, soprano
      San Giovanni Battista–Angela Young Smucker, mezzo soprano
      6) No. 29 recitativo Erode: “O, di quest’occhi miei”
      7) San Giovanni’s aria No. 30 “Io per me”
      8) Erodiade No. 41 “Cadesti alfine”
      9) Erodiade  No. 42 “Sù, sù”
      10) Erode No. 43 “Chi nel comun gioire”
      11) Erodiade and Erode duetto “Che gioire”


      Jeri-Lou Zike and Martin Davids, violin
      Dave Moss, viola
      Craig Trompeter, cello
      John Lenti, theorbo
      Jory Vinikour, harpsichord



      Haymarket Opera Company enriches the musical community of Chicago and the Midwest with performances of 17th- and 18th-century music. HOC is the most active early opera company in the United States, using period instruments and historically-informed vocal practices and staging conventions. We seek to engage audiences of all ages with passionate performances of both familiar and neglected works.

      Our name reflects a dual commitment to the city of Chicago and to the music of the Enlightenment era. HOC’s name derives from two historical sources: Chicago’s 1886 Haymarket Riot and the establishment of the King’s Theatre in London’s Haymarket district in 1705.

      As a pivotal moment in the history of labor relations in “the city that works,” the Haymarket Riot is engrained into the city’s character. On May 4, 1886, there was a public gathering of workers in Chicago who were on strike for an eight-hour workday. Police were attempting to disperse the protesters when an unknown person threw a bomb. The police then opened fire, killing several demonstrators; eight officers also died. The site of the incident was designated in 1992 as an historic landmark. The Haymarket Affair, as it became known, is remembered internationally each year on May Day.

      The King’s Theatre in the Haymarket district of London is inextricably linked with the history of 17th- and 18th-century music. Between 1711 and 1739, more than 25 operas by George Frederick Handel were premiered there.

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