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, 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/Sailor
Bradley Christensen, 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, 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."