Monteverdi’s L’Orfeo Goes Remote To Meet The Times 

by Kyle MacMillan, November 9, 2020

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The performances by the 40 singers and 20 players who took part in Orfeo Remote were filmed and recorded in and around their homes as far away as South Korea, and Alltop and Joachim Schamberger, director of opera, committed to editing the music and imagery into a cohesive whole.

Alltop and Joachim Schamberger, director of opera, committed to editing the music and imagery into a cohesive whole.


The two knew the undertaking would be an ambitious one. But it has turned out to be a far more gargantuan project than either envisioned — a melding of some 1,200 video and 1,400 audio files.


“If I chose, I could work on this for the rest of my life. It’s endless,” said Alltop, who finished the audio editing in mid-August. “It was like what the settlers out West must have felt from time to time: I keep traveling, and there is no end in sight. And that’s how this was.”

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NEWS: WGN Radio 720-November 22, 2020:

‘This Week in Theater’ features two Chicago theater stories. First, Stephen Alltop, Apollo Chorus’ Music Director and Conductor, chats with Dean about the Apollo Chorus of Chicago’s upcoming virtual show, “Glory: Music for Our World Virtual Concert.”

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Daily Northwestern, October 12/2020

Orfeo remote takes opera from the stage to the screen.

Performing the opera in Cahn Auditorium was no longer an option, so Director of Opera Joachim Schamberger and conductor Stephen Alltop reimagined the performance to create “Orfeo Remote,” a virtual opera film. read fill article HERE

"The WFMT Bach Organ Project Is No Longer Just a Pipe Dream, thanks to Steve Robinson and Organist Stephen Alltop"

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Review of concert with 'House of Cards' composer Jeff Beal:

"John Frayne: CUSO trumpets Beal's works with aplomb"

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"Elmhurst Symphony honors Stephen Alltop"

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News Gazette. Getting personal:

Stephen Alltop

'I perform a great deal of music by Bach and Handel and feel a great affinity for them. I have always been a musically greedy person in the sense that I enjoy music of all ages, including our own, and do a tremendous amount of contemporary music. I'm happy to say my favorite composer is truly the one I'm conducting at the moment.'

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"Elmhurst Symphony Orchestra opens season with fab Beatles concert, movie"

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Stephen Alltop has built a career based on excellence in several disciplines, conducting both orchestral and choral ensembles, and performing as a keyboard artist. The 2013-2014 season marks his seventeenth year as Music Director of the Apollo Chorus of Chicago. Mr. Alltop is the ninth music director in the 140-year history of the chorus. Under his direction, the Apollo Chorus has expanded its collaborations to include appearances with the Chicago Symphony Orchestra, London Symphony Orchestra, Ravinia Festival, Peninsula Music Festival, and The Oprah Winfrey Show. A specialist in oratorio performance, he has conducted over 100 oratorio and operatic masterworks. He also serves as music director for the Green Lake Choral Institute in Wisconsin and the Elmhurst Symphony Orchestra. In 2012, he was named Conductor of the Year by the Illinois Council of Orchestras for his work with the Elmhurst Symphony Orchestra.  The orchestra has received multiple awards for excellence in programming. 

In April of 2013,Stephen Alltop was named as Music Director and Conductor of the Champaign Urbana Symphony Orchestra. Highlights of his first season there include Daphnis et Chloé Suites 1 and 2 by Ravel, Bach's Magnificat, and the Symphony No. 4 by Carl Nielsen.  Dr. Alltop has served as a member of Northwestern University's conducting and keyboard faculties since 1994 where he con


ducts the Alice Millar Chapel Choir and the Baroque Music Ensemble.  This year, he will conduct the world premiere of "Chapel Songs: Five Diverse Songs for Chorus and Orchestra" by Joseph Schwantner, commissioned for the 50th Anniversary of Alice Millar Chapel.

Mr. Alltop has guest conducted numerous orchestras and choruses across the United States.  He has led opera and orchestral concerts with a number of Italian orchestras, including I Soloisti di Perugia, Fondazione Arturo Toscanini (Bologna), Teatro Reggio Orchestra (Parma), Festival Mozart (Roverto), Orchestra Sinfonica (Bari), Teatro Piccinni (Bari), and the Festival Duni (Matera). Dr. Alltop led the International Schools Choral Music Society Festival in Busan, South Korea in February of 2013. He has worked closely with leading composers of the day, including residency projects with John Corigliano, Eleanor Daley, Stephen Paulus and Eric Whitacre, and has conducted world premieres of works by John Luther Adams, Jan Bach, Miguel del Agila, Frank Ferko, Fabrizio Festa, Stephen Paulus, Alan Terricciano, and many others. In 2007, he made his Carnegie Hall debut conducting music of Eric Whitacre.

An active musician in historic performance practices, Stephen Alltop has performed with many of today's outstanding early music musicians, including Julianne Baird, Elizabeth Blumenstock, David Douglass, Kenneth Slowik and Ton Koopman and Nicholas McGegan. He has appeared as a harpsichordist and organist with Boston's Handel and Haydn Orchestra, Chicago Symphony Orchestra, Chicago Bach Project, Lyric Opera of Chicago, Milwaukee Symphony Orchestra, Minnesota Orchestra, Music of the Baroque, and the Omaha Symphony.  Dr. Alltop has served as principal organist for Soli Deo Gloria's Chicago Bach Project. In 2011, he was principal organist performing Bach's St. Matthew Passion with the Ensemble Orchestral de Paris and conductor John Nelson at the Basilique St. Denis in France. As conductor of the Annual Celebration of Celtic Music at Chicago's Symphony Center, he has worked with distinguished television and stage performers such as Brian Dennehy, Bill Kurtis, John Mahoney, and Martin Sheen. His performances have been broadcast on Medici TV, RAI Italian Radio and Television, and the WFMT Fine Arts Network. His recordings can be found on the Albany, Cedille, Clarion, and American Gramaphone labels.