Dido and Aeneas

Learn about Dido & Aeneas;
watch our video below.

by Henry Purcell

August 10 and 12 at 8pm; and August 13 at 7:30pm
pre-concert talks 1 hour before each performance
Hart Theater at the Louis S. Wolk Jewish Community Center
1200 Edgewood Avenue, Rochester

Thank you to our community for your support of this project;
to our donors and funders;

and to our fantastic singers, instrumentalists, creative and tech teams.
See some photos below; video coming soon to this page!

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
Jesse Blumberg, baritone, as Aeneas
Laura Heimes, soprano, as Belinda
Luthien Brackett, mezzo-soprano, as the Sorceress
Andrew Fuchs, tenor, as the Sailor
Douglas Dodson, alto; and Andrew Padgett, bass

and Young Artists of Pegasus Rising:
Ekaterina Gorlova and Brianna Robinson, sopranos; Sarah McDowell, mezzo-soprano; David Evans, tenor; Mark Hosseini, baritone

Julie Andrijeski, Boel Gidholm, violins

Dan Elyar, viola
Christopher Haritatos, cello
Dan Swenberg, Deborah Fox, lutes and baroque guitars
Michael Beattie, harpsichord

Michael Beattie, music director
Andrew Eggert, stage director
Julia Noulin-Merat, scenic designer
Neil Fortin, costume designer
John Cuff, lighting designer

This opera is presented with support from our generous donors, and with grants from the National Endowment for the Arts, 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.

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