Sacrificing oneself and a kingdom for love anchors the drama in the opera “Dido and Aeneas” to be performed by the Washburn Opera Studio and the Washburn String Orchestra at 7:30 p.m. Thursday, April 26 and Friday, April 27 at White Concert Hall on the Washburn campus.
Admission is $10 for adults, $5 for seniors and students are free with valid identification.
Set in ancient Carthage, the opera tells the story of ill-fated lovers Dido, a queen, and Aeneas, a hero Trojan prince, whose happiness is scarred by a curse cast by an evil sorcerer.
The work is an opera in prologue and three acts by the English Baroque composer Henry Purcell to a libretto by Nahum Tate. The first known performance of “Dido and Aeneas” was in 1688 at a London girls school, but music historians have speculated the opera may have been written for an earlier court performance for Charles II or James II.
Performers and their roles are:
Auburn: Brendan Boyle (ensemble)
Berryton: Aaron Springer (first sailor)
Chapman: Tyler Woodworth (ensemble)
Coldwater: Melanie Herd (Dido)
Hangzhou, China: Yangtian Bao (ensemble)
Hays: Kelsey Overbey (second witch)
Horton: Kelsey Rice (second handmaid)
Overbrook: Jacqueline Woodruff (spirit)
St. Louis, Mo.: Jacob Stone (Aeneas)
Silver Lake: Rachel Cross (first witch)
Topeka: Tyler Bridges (ensemble); Loren Buser (Belinda); Jocelyn Price (ensemble); Matthew A. Smith (ensemble); Matthew S. Smith (ensemble);
Philip Watson (sorcerer)
Stage manager is Rachel Price, of Tecumseh. Choreographer is Jocelyn Price, of Topeka.
For information, call (785) 670-1511.
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Dena Anson, (785) 670-1711