For most people, the word “opera” conjures up images of chandeliers, elaborate costumes , and lavish staging. But soon, the Chicago Opera Theater (COT) will be throwing these stereotypes out with the bathwater and diving into an aquatic production of Ricky Ian Gordon’s operatic song cycle, Orpheus and Euridice.
COT has partnered with the Chicago Park District as part of the Classics in the Parks Series to present a free performance of the song cycle in the 140,000-gallon Eckhart Park Pool. Directed and designed by COT’s general director Andreas Mitisek, the production will feature clarinetist Todd Palmer as Orpheus and former COT Young artist Valerie Vinzant as Euridice.
“This is the first exploration of many to come,” Mitisek said about the innovative production. “We had a tremendous year of growth, with a 20% subscriber increase and our fiscal year in the black. We are poised to venture into our community and claim new, unusual places for opera. Get ready!”.
Performances will be held at the Eckhart Park Pool, 1330 W. Chicago Avenue on Friday, November 1; Sunday, November 3; Friday, November 8; and Sunday, November 10. Advance tickets reservations are currently full, but there are a limited number of walk-up tickets that will be released at 6 p.m. prior to each performance on a first come first serve basis. For more information, contact COT’s ticket office at (312) 704-8414.
Photo of Long Beach Opera’s 2008 production of Orpheus and Euridice courtesy of Chicago Opera Theater.
- Orpheus & Euridice (wgntv.com)
- City to Present Multi-Disciplinary “Classics in the Parks” Series (voices.suntimes.com)