Dido and Aeneas

First Look at “Dido and Aeneas” – Hofstra Opera Theater Opens Friday

Jan 30 • Liberal Arts, Music, Performing Arts • 1166 Views • Comments Off

top photo: Chelsea Laggan and Joseph Brigandi as “Dido and Aeneas”

Henry Purcell’s Dido and Aeneas and Christoph Glück’s The Reformed Drunk

Tomorrow night Hofstra Opera Theater in the Department of Music premieres its annual production, a double feature of Henry Purcell’s Dido and Aeneas and Christoph Glück’s The Reformed Drunk, Friday, January 31, to Sunday, February 2, 2014, at the John Cranford Adams Playhouse. This performance features artistic direction by Isabel Milenski and musical direction by Adam Glaser.

Elizabeth Sarian as the Sorceress with Marilyn Oliver and Stephanie Weiss

Elizabeth Sarian as the Sorceress with Marilyn Oliver and Stephanie Weiss

Show times are 7:30 p.m. on Friday and Saturday and 3 p.m. on Sunday. Tickets are $15 general admission and $12 senior citizen (over 65) or matriculated non-Hofstra student with ID.  Members of the Hofstra community receive two free tickets upon presentation of a current HofstraCard.  For tickets and more information call the Hofstra Box Office at (516) 463-6644, 11 a.m.-3:45 p.m., Monday through Friday. Tickets are also available at www.tickets.com and at the door.

Dido and Aeneas tells the tragic love story of Dido, the Queen of Carthage, and the Trojan hero Aeneas. A sorceress tricks Aeneas into leaving Dido.  In the heat of passion Dido takes her own life.

Dido (Chelsea Laggan) with Belinda (Alexis Minogue) and 2nd Woman (Elisa Galindez)

Dido (Chelsea Laggan) with Belinda (Alexis Minogue) and 2nd Woman (Elisa Galindez)

In The Reformed Drunk, two local barflies Mathurin and Lucas are scheming to marry Lucas to Colette, Maturin’s niece.  However, Colette has ideas of her own about whom to marry, a local actor, Cleon.  After a debauched evening, Mathurin and Lucas awake from a pleasant dream to find themselves in Hell.  The Devil challenges them to do the unthinkable–give up drink.

For more information on Hofstra Opera Theater and the Department of Music at Hofstra University, visit  hofstra.edu/music

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