Comedy Tonight! Closed March 17, 2019

A Comic Opera Double Bill
performed in English with projected English titles
accompanied by a chamber ensemble of 11 players

Georges Bizet: Doctor Miracle
The 18-year-old French composer (who would later compose Carmen) won a competition for his setting of this improbable but hilarious opéra comique in which the Mayor of Padua is outwitted by Captain Silvio in his quest for the hand of the Mayor’s daughter, Laurette.

Ermanno Wolf-Ferrari: Susanna’s Secret

The Italian composer’s colorful music sparkles in this early twentieth century chamber opera about a suspicious husband and his young wife’s surprising secret, and a stormy confrontation which eventually gives way to an unexpectedly sweet resolution.

More About the Most Recent Production

Outstanding singers and instrumentalists brought these classic works to life in just three performances!

Friday, March 15, 2019 at 7:30 pm
Saturday, March 16, 2019 at 7:30 pm
Sunday, March 17, 2019 at 3:00 pm
St. Matthew’s Episcopal Church
2120 Lincoln Street, Evanston, IL 60201

A World Premiere Closed February 17, 2018

A Chamber Opera on a Maritime Tragedy

Based on a true event, this new work by Francis L. Lynch, the composer of Joseph’s Gift, uses just six singers and five players (flute, clarinet, violin, viola, and cello) in twenty brief scenes to relate the tale of a tragic episode in maritime history.

Two outstanding casts sang the premiere performances of this new opera.

Friday, February 9, 2018 at 7:30 pm
Saturday, February 10, 2018 at 7:30 pm
Friday, February 16, 2018 at 7:30 pm
Saturday, February 17, 2018 at 7:30 pm
St. Matthew’s Episcopal Church
2120 Lincoln Street, Evanston, IL 60201



Previous Production: Also a World Premiere

The Christmas story from the viewpoint of the forgotten man…

In December of 2016, EChO’s production team presented the world premiere of Francis Lynch’s Christmas chamber opera, Joseph’s Gift, at St. Matthew’s Episcopal Church in Evanston. Click the link below to learn about the production and watch a video of the entire opera.


“…Lynch and Reeser have gifted us a new Christmas story…much of the success of the evening must be attributed to [Music Director James] Janssen…”

Chicago Theatre Review, December 11, 2016