Presbyterian College to produce “Dido and Aeneas” performance

Presbyterian College to produce “Dido and Aeneas” performance

By Rutilio Manetti (Italy, Siena, 1571-1639) [Public domain], via Wikimedia Commons

By Rutilio Manetti (Italy, Siena, 1571-1639) [Public domain]

On March 31 and April 2, Presbyterian College will produce the opera “Dido and Aeneas” by Henry Purcell fully staged with orchestra and chorus. Both performances will be held in Edmunds hall, the March 31 performance will be at 7:30 p.m., the April 2 performance will be at 3 p.m.

“Dido and Aeneas” is Purcell’s first opera and one of the earliest English operas. It was written around 1688 and premiered shortly after at the Josias Priest Girls School in London. The opera is based on the story of Dido and Aeneas from Book IV of Virgil’s Latin epic poem, “The Aeneid.”

The opera tells the story of the legendary queen of Carthage, Dido, and the Trojan prince, Aeneas. When Aeneas and his crew become shipwrecked in Carthage, he and the queen fall in love.

In the meantime, witches plot Dido’s destruction. The sorceress has one of her coven impersonate the god Mercury who tells Aeneas he must leave Dido and found the new Troy. Forced to choose between passion and duty, Aeneas and his sailors prepare to leave, much to the witches’ delight. Dido, who cannot live without him, is absolutely heartbroken and awaits death.

Admission is free with student ID or $5 at the door.



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