Evanston Chamber Opera Company Invites Audiences: “Laugh With Us”
EChO’s Second Season Features Comic Double Bill of Doctor Miracle and Susanna’s Secret
The Evanston Chamber Opera Company (EChO) marks its second season with a comic double bill featuring Bizet’s Doctor Miracle and Wolf-Ferrari’s Susanna’s Secret, presented in English with English titles. There will be three performances: Friday, March 15 and Saturday, March 16 at 7:30 pm; Sunday, March 17 at 3:00 pm. All performances will take place at St. Matthew’s Episcopal Church at 2120 Lincoln Street, Evanston. Tickets are available for purchase at https://evanstonchamberopera.org/productions/ or 847-869-9447.
Evanston resident Francis Lynch, producer and EChO's general manager, has prepared a new poetic translation from the French for Bizet's Doctor Miracle, and arranged both operas for the 11-member chamber orchestra. James Janssen, music director; Sally Craige Christensen, stage director; Mark Crayton, production coordinator; and Larry Geni, set designer, are all Evanston residents.
Doctor Miracle is the improbable but hilarious opéra comique which won Georges Bizet a competition at the age of 18. The story follows the ordeal of the Mayor of Padua as he is outwitted by Captain Silvio in his quest for the hand of the Mayor’s daughter, Laurette. Ermanno Wolf-Ferrari’s Susanna’s Secret is an early twentieth-century chamber opera about a suspicious husband and his young wife’s surprising secret. It features colorful music that sparkles as the characters experience a stormy confrontation, which gives way to an unexpectedly sweet resolution.
Francis Lynch, whose opera For Those in Peril opened their inaugural season in 2018, explains the selections for this season. “After last year’s tragic tale, we felt that our audiences deserved something a little lighter. These charming comedies, with their small casts and intimate settings, exemplify the best features of chamber opera.”
Performers: Bethany Brautigam (soprano), Rachael Long (soprano), Ashley Puenner (mezzo-soprano), Karlos Piñero-Mercado (tenor), Matthew Brennan (baritone), Nathan Kistler (baritone), and Lane Halverson (actor).
An Illinois Not-For-Profit corporation, EChO seeks to enrich, educate, and entertain the residents of Evanston, Illinois and its neighboring communities by promoting and staging chamber operas, operettas, and other theatrical works with significant musical content. By focusing on new works and neglected gems from the past, EChO gives audiences an opportunity to expand their opera experience beyond the standard repertoire.