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Haymarket Opera digs into Baroque treasury and finds sparkling Cavalli gem ‘La Calisto’

May 9, 2016 – 2:44 pm
Haymarket  Opera Company rehearses Calisto at the Atheneum Theatre, Wednesday, May 4,2016.

Charles Osgood Photography

Review: Thanks to the adventurous Haymarket Opera Company, Chicago audiences experienced one of the jewels of early Baroque opera, Francesco Cavalli’s “La Calisto,” on May 6 and 8 in their own back yard. It was a pure, glistening delight. With a larger stage at their disposal after the move to the spacious Athenaeum Theatre, the company’s seasoned creative team offered a historically informed re-invention of sets and costumes inspired in part by surviving production books from the opera’s 1651 premiere.