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UT Opera Ensemble - Dido & Aeneas


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The University of Toledo Opera Ensemble will present Henry Purcell’s tragic opera, DIDO AND AENEAS, Friday, November 3 through Sunday, November 5 in the UT Center for Performing Arts Recital Hall. Friday and Saturday performances will be at 7 p.m. and Sunday’s show is at 3 p.m. Parking is free in lot across from CPA.

This 17th century English opera recounts the love of Dido, Queen of Carthage, for the Trojan hero Aeneas, and her despair when he abandons her. A monumental work in Baroque opera, DIDO AND AENEAS is remembered as one of Purcell's foremost theatrical works. It was also Purcell's only true opera, as well as his only all-sung dramatic work. One of the earliest known English operas, it owes much to John Blow's VENUS AND ADONIS, both in structure and in overall effect.

Dido – Meridian Prall*/Alana Miller (mezzo sopranos)*
Belinda – Paige Chapman (soprano)*
Second Lady – Robin Smithberger (soprano)*
Aeneas – Ryan Tequilla (baritone)*/Moises Salazar (tenor)*
Sorceress – Katie Driscoll*/Kate Walcher (mezzo sopranos)*
First Witch – Mackenzie Payton (soprano)*
Second Witch – Elizabeth Atkins (soprano)
Spirit – Danielle Hale (soprano)*
First Sailor – Nate Krebs (baritone)*/William Floss (tenor)*

Sailors and Chorus
Brandon Warren (tenor)*
Phil Smith (bass)*
Nicole Savastuk (soprano)*
Dillon Sickels (bass)
*Denotes a UT Student

Dr. Denise Ritter Bernardini (Producer/Director)
Heidi Clausius (Music Director)
Alana Margaret Miller (Co. Director)*
Chelsie Cree (Assistant Producer)
Nate Krebs (Stage Manager)*
Steven Brown/ Dr. Denise Ritter Bernardini (Choreography)

Heidi Clausius (piano)
Kanna Matsumoto (1st Violin)
Samantha Smith (2nd Violin)*
Daniel Mattise (viola)*
Nick Kelly (cello)*
Madeline Damschroder (double bass)*