Haymarket Opera Orchestra

Haymarket Opera Orchestra (HOO) "marries modern vivacity to period color and rhythmic subtlety" (Chicago Tribune) and is recognized nationally for its "lovingly detailed period performance" (New York Times). Music Director Craig Trompeter and Concertmaster Jeri-Lou Zike bring together the best of American period instrument specialists to perform modern-day premieres of Age of Enlightenment masterpieces. 

Since its debut performances of Handel's Aci, Galatea e Polifemo in 2011Haymarket Opera Company has been consistently praised as a premier ensemble and opera company, offering "breathtakingly precise" performances (Chicago Classical Music). HOO makes its European festival debut in January, 2017 at the Valletta International Baroque Festival, Malta.

Haymarket Opera takes its name from both the Haymarket Theater in London where Handel premiered his Italian operas, and closer to home, the late 19th-century Haymarket Affair in Chicago that gave birth to the worldwide labor movement.