Haymarket Opera Company Receives Grant for National Endowment for the Arts for Upcoming Filmed Production of ‘Orlando’

By Logan Martell

Haymarket Opera Company has announced that the National Endowment for the Arts has awarded the company with its first NEA grant for their upcoming production of Handel’s “Orlando.”

The filmed production stars Bejun Mehta, Kim Jones, Emily Fons, Erica Schuller, and Dave Goverston. It follows on the success of the organization’s filmed versions of “Acis and Galatea” in 2020 and “Apollo e Dafne” in 2021. The production will be released in three parts in September, with the full work available to stream through October.

“A grant from the National Endowment for the Arts celebrates all that Haymarket has built over its first decade and heralds an exciting start to our second with support for our filmed production of Händel’s magic opera, ‘Orlando,'” Chase Hopkins, the company’s General Director, told OperaWire. “This grant will help Haymarket move forward with a film that builds upon the process and success of our first two films, while showcasing the incredible talent of our cast, orchestra, and production team. Many thanks to the National Endowment for the Arts for recognizing Haymarket’s artistic excellence and supporting a project that encapsulates our passion for baroque opera.”
Established in 1965, the NEA Award provides funding through grants and partnerships with state art agencies, local industry leaders, other federal agencies, and the philanthropic sector.