Summer festival season is just around the corner. In the meantime, take a look at how the baroque sausage is made when Haymarket Opera Company presents a workshop performance of Anotnio Cesti’s 1656 identity-crisis opera L’Orontea. The Saturday afternoon performance at Roosevelt University’s Ganz Hall is the culmination of a weeklong intensive program in which Haymarket’s young artists get to work closely with HOC’s Artistic Director Craig Trompeter, the inimitable Italian language coach Alessandra Visconti, acclaimed continuo player and conductor Michael Beattie, and countertenor & stage director Drew Minter.
Drew Minter is recognized as one of the world’s most renowned countertenors and Handel specialists. He began his career as a stage director of period productions of opera at the Göttingen Händel Festival. Since then he has directed productions in many styles for Opéra de Marseilles, Caramoor Festival, Boston Early Music Festival, Manhattan School of Music, Mannes School of Music, Boston University, Amherst Early Music, the Folger Shakespeare Theatre, Apollo’s Fire, and several other theaters and institutions.
The Editor of Vocal Arts Chicago measures the period staging of all other historically-informed opera productions against the work of Drew Minter. He is masterful at helping 21st century singers find their 17th bodies and arming them to give meaning to the artifice of baroque opera.
Quick Pick: Wicker Park Choral Singers presents Down by the Salley Gardens: Choral Songs of Ireland at the Irish American heritage Center, Saturday at 4:30pm, and a free outdoor program at Wicker Park on Sunday at noon.