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Baylor > School of Music > Concert Information > Events Calendar > Dido and Aeneas, 1-24-12 through 1-28-12


Dido and Aeneas, 1-24-12 through 1-28-12

HENRY PURCELL'S OPERA TELLS OF DOOMED LOVE

Baylor Opera Theater will present four performances of English composer Henry Purcell's operatic masterpiece, Dido and Aeneas, on Tuesday, January 24; Thursday, January 26; Friday, January 27; and Saturday, January 28. Curtain times will be 7:30 p.m. each night in the Jesse H. Jones Theatre of Hooper-Schaefer Fine Arts Center.

This fully staged production, under the direction of Eric Gibson, features singers from the School of Music's Vocal Division and instrumentalists of the Early Music Ensembles, all conducted by Associate Professor of Musicology Jann Cosart. The title roles will be sung by Kaylie Kahlich and Barron Rice on Tuesday and Friday, and by Mackenzie Wilson and Jacob Valadez on Thursday and Saturday.

Dido and Aeneas, based on Book IV of Virgil's Aeneid, recounts the love story of Dido, Queen of Carthage, and the Trojan hero Aeneas, and her despair at his abandonment of her. A monumental composition in the annals of Baroque opera, it stands as one of Purcell's foremost theatrical works. Dating from 1688, Dido and Aeneas was his first opera, as well as his only all-sung dramatic work.

Tickets for this Baylor Opera Theater presentation may be ordered by calling the Baylor University School of Music box office at 254-710-3571.



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