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by Henry Purcell
August 10 and 12 at 8pm; and August 13 at 7:30pm
Hart Theater at the Louis S. Wolk Jewish Community Center
1200 Edgewood Avenue, Rochester
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The first English opera, composed in 1688 and still fresh, tuneful and engaging, tells the story of Dido, Queen of Carthage, and her doomed relationship with the Trojan Prince Aeneas, bound by fate to abandon her for Italy. In the course of the drama we also meet a wicked sorceress, a drunken sailor, and various witches, spirits, and courtiers, all wrapped in emotionally affecting music from heartbreaking to comedic.
Virginia Warnken, mezzo-soprano, as Dido
Laura Heimes, soprano, as Belinda
Jesse Blumberg, baritone, as Aeneas
Luthien Brackett, mezzo-soprano, as The Sorceress
Andrew Fuchs, tenor, as The Sailor
Andrew Padgett, baritone; Douglas Dodson, alto;
& young artists of Pegasus Rising
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This opera is presented with support from our generous donors, and with grants from the Gouvernet Arts Fund at the Community Foundation, the Lennox Foundation, the Farash Foundation, the Dawn & Jacques Lipson Enhancing Life Fund at the Community Foundation, Canandaigua National Bank, and the New York State Council on the Arts with the support of Governor Andrew M. Cuomo and the New York State Legislature.