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
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.
Krisztina Szabo, mezzo-soprano
Alex Dobson, baritone
Jacqueline Woodley, soprano
Andrea Ludwig, mezzo-soprano
Bradley Christensen, baritone
Emma Hannon, soprano
Cory Knight, tenor
And a baroque orchestra:
Sylvain Bergeron, lute
Margaret Gay, cello
Larry Beckwith and Kathleen Kajioka, violin
Noam Krieger, harpsichord
Alison Melville, recorder
Marie-Nathalie Lacoursière, choreographer
Larry Beckwith, conductor
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."