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Evanston Chamber Opera Company (EChO) will make its debut with the world premiere of “For Those in Peril,” a chamber opera composed by Evanston resident Francis Lynch. The opera is scheduled for four performances and will run at 7:30 p.m. on Fridays and Saturdays, Feb. 9 through Feb. 17 at St. Matthew’s Episcopal Church, 2120 Lincoln St.

EChO’s production of “For Those in Peril” will feature many Chicago-based musicians, including 12 singers and five instrumentalists. Based on a true event, this work relates the tragic tale of two men stationed at a lighthouse 20 miles off the coast of Wales who quarrel bitterly when a fierce storm descends. As their wives anxiously await news of their husbands in this raging storm, they wonder whether the keepers of the light are now the ones in peril.

“A friend heard a BBC radio show based on the story and suggested it might be the basis for a chamber opera featuring the two men,” Mr. Lynch said. “Not wanting to leave women’s voices out of the mix, I added the keepers’ wives and a soprano narrator to tie the story together. Writing for the ensemble of flute, clarinet, violin, viola, and cello was a rewarding challenge, and the result is a true chamber opera – intimate and finely drawn.”

Music Director James Janssen added, “The opera is beautiful and dramatic for the listener and challenging and satisfying for the performer. Lynch has created an important work that I am thrilled to bring to life with our wonderfully talented singers, instrumentalists, and production team.”

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