Opera singers spend years strengthening their performance skills by practicing scales and carrying around music sheets glued to barbells. See a solidly built show with this GrouponLive deal to see Mendelssohn’s Elijah, performed by the American Chamber Opera Company. Choose from the following options:
- For $20, you get two general-admission tickets (up to a $60 value) to one of the following performances:
- At St. Athanasius Catholic Church in Evanston on Thursday, April 19, at 7:30 p.m.
At Trinity Episcopal Church on Saturday, April 28, at 7:30 p.m.<p>
- For $30, you get two general-admission tickets (up to a $60 value) to one of the following performances:
- At St. Athanasius Catholic Church in Evanston on Friday, April 20, at 7:30 p.m.
- At St. Giles Episcopal Church in Northbrook on Saturday, April 21, at 7:30 p.m.
- At St. John Cantius Church on Sunday, April 22, at 4 p.m.<p>
When Mendelssohn first performed Elijah in England in 1846, the Victorian crowds loved it. They clamored for the piece’s epic narration of miracles, famines, criminal hunts, and fiery chariots blazing across the heavens. In line with Bach, Handel, Haydn, and other masters of the popular oratorio form, Elijah balanced what Robert Battey of the Washington Post describes as “baroque pieties with romantic blood and thunder.”
Eschewing sets to focus on the music and message, the American Chamber Opera Company’s semi-staged performances recapture the sweeping scope of this Biblical tale. The cast of soloists and ensemble members sing in English as they portray the trials and tribulations of Elijah, the Old Testament prophet. In some pieces, their voices proclaim the supreme glory of angelic choirs, but in others, they issue the wrath of fiery mobs.
Founded in 2011, the Chicago-based American Chamber Opera Company features an ensemble committed to singing full-length oratorios in English. Earlier this year, several of their members performed on WGN, lending an appropriately monumental tone to the day’s forecast of overcast skies and traffic congestion.
American Chamber Opera
Founded in 2011, the Chicago-based American Chamber Opera features an ensemble committed to singing full-length oratorios in English. Its productions resemble concerts more than traditional opera performances: the music takes center stage as the singers belt and emote in settings that evoke the world of the story with just a few well-placed details.