Haymarket Opera to Celebrate 10 Anniversary with Filmed Performance of Handel’s ‘Orlando’

By Logan Martell
(Credit: Marco Borggreve)

Haymarket Opera Company is set to close their 10th Anniversary Season with a filmed version Händel’s “Orlando.”

The cast includes famed countertenor Bejun Mehta in the title role, mezzo-soprano Emily Fons, sopranos Kimberly Jones and Erica Schuller, and bass-baritone David Goverston. Company founder and artistic director Craig Tromper leads the Haymarket Opera Orchestra and will be joined by Grammy-nominated Harpsichordist Jory Vinikour.

The creative team is comprised of producer and general director Chase Hopkins, film director Garry Grasinski of Grayson Media in Chicago, Grammy-nominated audio engineer Mary Mazurek, lighting designer Lindsey Lyddan, stage director Sarah Edgar, scenic artist Zuleyka V. Benitez, and costume designer Stephanie Cluggish. The production will be filmed at the new Jarvits Opera Hall in Chicago’s DePaul University.

Each act of “Orlando” will be released individually on September 16, 23, and 30, 2021. Each release will include an online premiere event, and the finished work will be available to watch in its entirety through October 1-31. Purchase of a ticket will grant access to the complete work and all three premiere events.

“I am thrilled to collaborate with one of the world’s most exciting voices on the operatic stage for our dramatic filming of Handel’s great masterpiece,” Hopkins said in a press release. “Bejun Mehta’s vocal talent and visceral stage presence will be a thrill.”