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When: Fri., Nov. 1, 7:30 p.m., Sun., Nov. 3, 7:30 p.m., Fri., Nov. 8, 7:30 p.m. and Sun., Nov. 10, 7:30 p.m. 2013

This song cycle for clarinet, soprano, and piano, staged in (or mostly on) a swimming pool, is the latest in a string of remounts that general director Andreas Mitisek has brought to Chicago Opera Theater from his other company, Long Beach Opera. Composed by Ricky Ian Gordon as his partner was dying and premiered in its current expanded form in 2005, it’s a version of the Greek myth in which a magically gifted musician travels to the netherworld in an attempt to retrieve his wife. Clarinetist Todd Palmer, who commissioned the piece in the mid-1990s, will be Orpheus, and soprano Valerie Vinzant is his Euridice; they’ll be accompanied by conductor Stephen Hargreaves on piano and the Metropolis String Quartet. LBO produced it twice, so chances are good that by now Mitisek, who’s directing, knows how to handle the tricky acoustics in a natatorium. The opera is presented in partnership with the Chicago Park District, and admission is free. Reservations have closed, but COT says day-of-performance walk-up tickets will become available at 6 PM and unclaimed seats will be released five minutes prior to start time. —Deanna Isaacs