Music by Antonio Cesti
Libretto by Giacinto Andrea Cicognini
June 2, 3, & 5, 2018
at Studebaker Theater

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.

Drew Minter and Sarah Edgar, Stage Directors
Craig Trompeter, Music Director

Hagar's Angel by Zuleyka V. Benitez

Running Time: 3 hours with intermission
Sung in Italian with English Supertitles

Saturday, June 2, 2018 - 7:30pm
Sunday, June 3, 2018 - 5:00pm
Tuesday, June 5, 2018 - 7:30pm

Studebaker Theater
410 S Michigan Ave
Chicago, IL 60605