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
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
FROM THE ARTIST’S WEBSITE
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.