The Old and the New

Another light weekend before the summer festival season with few but intriguing offerings. Haymarket Opera Company has already launched its first Young Artist Program earlier this week led by its artistic director Craig Trompeter with Alessandra Visconti, Italian language coach, Jory Vinikour, harpsichord, and the inimitable Drew Minter, countertenor and stage director.  The culmination of this intense week will be a presentation of scenes from Monteverdi's The Coronation of Poppea.  The editor of VAC does not know all of the singers this program has brought together, but is familiar with one of its sopranos Zorica Pavlovic - a dazzling voice with a stage presence that chews up the scenery.  Their performance is FREE on Saturday afternoon at Roosevelt University's Ganz Hall.

The newly-minted Transgressive Theatre-Opera is riding the wave of curiosity for bizarro chamber opera that favors story-telling over melodies you have heard on America's Got Talent.  They have an impressive roster of singers featured in their Chekhov Trio of operas , notably Chicago's favorite bass-baritone  and Ryan Center alum David Govertsen, who just returned from performances of Salome with Detroit Symphony Orchestra; and Mary Lutz-Govertsen who recently made a very strong impression in John Musto's song cycle Penelope with VOX 3 Collective.

And if you plan your weekend right, you can hear both of these performances while  adding in another new group's final concert of the season.  CHAI Collaborative Ensemble specializes in concerted vocal chamber music  and has shown confidence in selecting works that show the relationship between the classic and the modern.  CHAI's founder Laura Perkett is one of those musicians who simultaneously makes you feel like an underachiever while inspiring you with her passion and talent.