First Baptist Church
05
Mar
OPEROTTAWA presents DIDO & AENEAS
First Baptist Church
19:00 to 20:15

Invited by Norman E Brown
Now in its fourth season OPEROTTAWA is proud to present Purcell’s amazing opera “Dido and Aeneas” in concert.

TICKETS ARE A MERE $20 available at the door
7:00 pm
First Baptist Church (corner Elgin & Laurier)

We have a stellar cast of professional Ottawa singers.
Sonya Sweeney as Dido
Norman E. Brown as Aeneas
Cara Gilbertson-Boese as Belinda
Naomi Eberhard as the 2nd Woman
Carole Portelance as the Sorceress/Spirit
Misty Banyard as the 1st Witch
Jean-E Hudson as the 2nd Witch
Antonio DiRienze as the Sailor

Frederic Lacroix, piano

and an incredible chorus
Connie Grainger, Nancy Eveready, Monica Bullock – sopranos
Caitlan Porter, Janice Hardy – altos
Adam Dredger – tenor
Nathan Benjamin, Andrew Riddles – bass

THE STORY:
Dido, the widowed Queen of Carthage, entertains the Trojan Prince Aeneas, shipwrecked on his way to Italy, where he will found a new Troy. Dido and Aeneas are in love. Witches plot Dido’s destruction and the Sorceress conjures a storm, to break out when the royal couple are hunting, and the impersonation of Mercury by one of her coven. The storm duly breaks and the courtiers hasten back to town, while the false Mercury tells Aeneas he must leave Dido and sail for Italy. Aeneas and his sailors prepare to leave, to the delight of the witches. Aeneas parts from Dido, who kills herself once he has gone, her death lamented by mourning cupids.

PLEASE INVITE ALL YOUR FRIENDS TO ATTEND

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