DIDO AND AENEAS by Henry Purcell & Nahum Tate (ca. 1687)
AENEAS AND DIDO by James Rolfe & André Alexis (2007)

One of TMT’s most acclaimed productions returns with an all-star cast.

20 & 21 October 2017, 8:00 p.m.
Pre-show event at 7:15 p.m. each evening
Jeanne Lamon Hall, Trinity-St. Paul's Centre, 427 Bloor St W

Virgil’s tale of the tragic love between Dido, the Queen of Carthage, and the Trojan hero Aeneas is told from two very different perspectives in this powerful double bill featuring the Baroque masterpiece alongside a stirring contemporary work.

Featuring

Krisztina Szabo, Dido
Alexander Dobson, Aeneas 
Jacqueline Woodley, Belinda/Mercury 
Andrea Ludwig, Sorceress/Goat

Emma Hannan, soprano/2nd Woman/1st Witch/Anna
Larissa Koniuk, soprano/2nd Witch/Mercury
Kelsey Taylor, soprano
Daniella Theresia, alto
Simon Honeyman, alto

Robert Kinar, tenor;
Cory Knight, tenor;
Bradley Christensen, bass
Bryan Martin, bass

And a baroque orchestra:

John Abberger, oboe
Elizabeth Loewen Andrews, viola
Larry Beckwith, violin
Sylvain Bergeron, lute
Margaret Gay, cello
Kathleen Kajioka, violin
Noam Krieger harpsichord and organ

Alison Melville, recorder

Marie-Nathalie Lacoursière, director / choreographer
Larry Beckwith, conductor

Background

In the late 1680s, Henry Purcell composed his beloved masterpiece, Dido and Aeneas. Its first known performance was by a group of young pupils of a London all-girls’ school run by the celebrated dancer Josias Priest. More than 300 years later, in 2007, Toronto Masque Theatre commissioned Canadian composer James Rolfe and writer André Alexis to create a contemporary response.

Rolfe and Alexis have crafted an exquisite little pearl, a worthy homage to Purcell himself.
            - Natasha Gauthier, Ottawa Citizen

As part of its season of celebration, Toronto Masque Theatre is thrilled to remount this critically acclaimed production, a double telling of Virgil’s tragic tale of love. The program is an excellent example of the classic pairing – old and new – that the company has become celebrated for over the years.

What does Larry have to say?

"I make no secret of my love for Henry Purcell. Combining brilliant storytelling, masterful musical form, and unbridled emotion, Dido and Aeneas is one of his greatest works. In 2006, we asked James and André to create a contemporary response to the Purcell masterpiece. Their understanding of the original and their approach to re-telling the story – from Aeneas’s point of view – was ingenious. A dream come true."