Dido & Aeneas

Join Glasgow University Opera Society to relive this age-old story of love, torment and tragedy... Dido & Aeneas!

Dido & Aeneas

About Dido & Aeneas

30th May 2019
31st May 2019
1st June 2019
7.30pm
Various Locations Glasgow
£10 / £5 (student)
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Following the success of last year's production of Venus and Adonis by Dr John Blow, Glasgow University Opera Society returns to the stage with a double-bill offering by Mr Henry Purcell. Court masque Timon of Athens sets the scene for the tale of Dido and Aeneas. Instrumental support is provided by period instrument ensemble, Musick for the Mirth of Kings.

Thursday 30th May: Sloan's Bar & Restaurant
Friday 31st May: University of Glasgow Memorial Chapel
Saturday 1st June: Wellington Church


Within a lifetime of only 36 years, Henry Purcell (1659-1695) achieved musical greatness. He was considered one of England's greatest and most original composers of his time. He worked as a composer and conductor for the royal court, writing extensively for the stage as well as chamber ensembles, incorporating stylistic elements of Italian and French music into his compositions. Dido and Aeneas was based on Virgil's Aeneid and the libretto was written by the poet laureate Nahum Tate. While the details of its premiere are uncertain, we do know that it was performed in 1689 at Josiah Priest's boarding school in Chelsea. Now generally considered Purcell's first and only all-sung opera, the work has remained in the standard operatic repertoire to this day.

After being re-founded last year, we have gone from strength to strength with an increase in the number of members, affiliation with the SRC, success in obtaining funding grants from various sources, and with even more of a wealth of musical and artistic expertise in the directorial team. We are also delighted to be joined by a period instrument ensemble to help us bring this wonderful and vibrant Baroque music to life.

Elizabeth Malnar, Artistic Director
Tiffany Vong, Musical Director
Joshua Stutter, Assistant Musical Director
Musick for the Mirth of Kings

Cast:
Dido Jasmine Hunt
Aeneas Edward Horrocks
Belinda Sophie Boyd
Second Woman Rachel Ong
Sorceress Elizabeth Wells
1st Witch Antonia Smart
2nd Witch Eilidh Riddell
Spirit Jen Cassidy
Sailor Edward Marshall

Chorus:
Pippa Innes, Esther Norie, Jen Cassidy, Erin McCrystal, Phoebe Hayman, Dugie Graham-Campbell, Robin Fodor, Peter Sykes, Alasdair Robertson, Joshua McCullough

Additional Dates: 31 May 2019, 01 June 2019

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