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Haymarket Opera perform Haydn’s The Desert Island

Topher Alexander

Haymarket Opera perform Haydn’s The Desert Island Recommended Soundboard All Ages

When: Sat., Sept. 17, 5 p.m. and Sun., Sept. 18, 3 p.m. 2016
Price: $15-$67
The immensely prolific Franz Joseph Haydn wrote more than 100 symphonies, nearly 70 string quartets, and a slew of other works—including a couple of gorgeous oratorios—many of which are still performed. His 17 operas, not so much. This weekend, however, those with a taste for musical time travel are in store for a treat: Haymarket Opera Company presents two performances of Haydn’s opera L’isola disabitata (The Desert Island). Written in 1779, with a libretto by Haydn’s onetime neighbor Pietro Metastasio, it’s the story of a pair of shipwrecked sisters and a husband kidnapped by pirates. Haydn’s score will be played on classical instruments by the Haymarket orchestra, conducted by Craig Trompeter, with Jory Vinikour on fortepiano. The cast features soprano Kimberly McCord and mezzo-soprano Suzanne Lommler as the two sisters, tenor Scott Brunscheen as the abducted husband, and baritone Jonathan Beyer as his buddy. Sarah Edgar directs, with sets by Zuleyka V. Benitez and costumes by Meriem Bahri.
— Deanna Isaacs

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