Comedy Again?! Opens March 13, 2020

Another Comic Opera Double Bill
performed in English with projected English titles

Emmanuel Chabrier: An Incomplete Education
When his wedding night arrives, a well-educated young man (portrayed by a soprano in a pants role) finds his teacher has left out some important details. This charming work by the French Romantic composer was praised by Ravel, saying: “There is more real music in this little score than in many a big operatic work.”

Eugen d’Albert: The Departure
Fearing that his best friend may make advances on his wife while he is away on a long journey, a suspicious husband sets his friend to a series of impossible tasks to help him prepare for his supposed departure. The German composer tossed off this little comedic gem in a few short weeks in 1898; for these performances, we will use an English libretto created by the distinguished vocal pedagogue, Clayne Robison.

Performance Dates

Friday, March 13, 2020 at 7:30 pm
Saturday, March 14, 2020 at 7:30 pm
Sunday, March 15, 2020 at 4:00 pm
St. Matthew’s Episcopal Church
2120 Lincoln Street, Evanston, IL 60201

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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 this Previous 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