Music by Antonio Cesti
Libretto by Giacinto Andrea Cicognini
May 12, 13 & 15, 2018
In the 17th century operas rarely received more than a handful of performances after their premieres. Cesti’s lyrical comedy L’Orontea was a happy exception, enjoying an unprecedented number of revivals and re-stagings. A libretto booklet prepared for one such revival described the opera as “the famous Orontea, which defying time and death still lives gloriously in the world.”
Cicognini’s artful libretto tells of the Egyptian Queen Orontea who decrees that she will never fall in love. No sooner has she made this proclamation than the humble painter Alidoro arrives at her court fleeing the assassins of the Queen of Phoenicia. Orontea falls for him instantly, as does one of the ladies of the court, Silandra. Jealousy, passion, and deception ensue with a cast of kidnappers, drunken servants, and pirates all accompanied by some of the most effortlessly ravishing music of the 17th century.
Don’t miss your chance to get a special preview of this HOC Spring 2018 opera when the 2017 Summer Opera Course participants present an abridged perforamance of the glorious score with members of Haymarket Opera Orchestra on June 3, 2017 (more details in Upcoming Events).
Running Time: 3 hours with intermission
Sung in Italian with English Supertitles
Saturday, May 12, 2018 - 5:00pm
Sunday, May 13, 2018 - 3:00pm
Tuesday, May 15, 2018 - 7:30pm
The Athenaeum Theatre
2936 N Southport Ave, Chicago, IL 60657
Ticket information coming soon!