Dido and Aeneas

The power of music, the strength of love. 

Our next opera:

L’Orfeo

by Claudio Monteverdi

Postponed due to the COVID-19 pandemic:
new dates August 25, 27 and 28, 2022 
pre-concert talks 1 hour before each performance
Hart Theater at the Louis S. Wolk Jewish Community Center
1200 Edgewood Avenue, Rochester

This ground-breaking opera, written in 1607 and considered the first “real” opera, still has the power to captivate audiences over 400 years later, with its universal story, virtuosic expressive music, and colorful orchestration. Its themes of love and loss, human weakness and strength, redemption and the power of music, remain relevant today and will resonate profoundly with our audiences.

As Orfeo, famous for his musical prowess, joyfully celebrates his marriage to Euridice, a messenger brings the news that she has died. Orfeo travels the treacherous path to the Underworld to win her back—with his seductively entrancing music —only to lose her again because of his own doubt. Eventually escorted by the god Apollo, he ascends to the heavens where he can be reunited in the stars with his Euridice. A cast of shepherds, nymphs, spirits, and gods support the flow of the drama with dance, heartfelt solos, and dynamic choruses, that comment on and interpret the action.

We are thrilled to present tenor Colin Balzer in the virtuosic and dramatically expressive role of Orfeo, the singer who must travel to Hell and back to regain his beloved Euridice. 

Michael Beattie, music director
Emily Cuk, stage director
Julia Noulin-Merat, scenic designer
Peggy Murray, choreographer
Whitney Locher, costume designer
John Cuff, lighting designer

Orfeo: Colin Balzer, tenor
Musica & Proserpina: Laura Heimes, soprano
Apollo: Sumner Thompson, tenor
Messenger & Speranza: Debi Wong, mezzo-soprano
Caronte: Steven Hrycelak, bass
Euridice: Madeline Healey, soprano
Plutone: Mischa Bouvier, baritone
Pastori, Spiriti: Andrew Fuchs, Jonas Budris, tenors; Douglas Dodson, countertenor;
and a chorus that includes young emerging artists of the Pegasus Rising program

More information and tickets coming soon!

 

This opera is presented with support from our generous donors; with CARES and Project grants from the National Endowment for the Arts; and with grants from the Gouvernet Arts Fund at the Community Foundation, the Lennox Foundation, Dawn Lipson at the Community Foundation, the Farash Foundation; 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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