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Opera “Dido and Aeneas” to be presented at Washburn University

Sacrificing oneself and a kingdom for love anchors the drama in the opera “Dido and Aeneas” to be performed by the Washburn Opera Studio and the Washburn String Orchestra at 7:30 p.m. Thursday, April 26 and Friday, April 27 at White Concert Hall on the Washburn campus.

Admission is $10 for adults, $5 for seniors and students are free with valid identification.

Set in ancient Carthage, the opera tells the story of ill-fated lovers Dido, a queen, and Aeneas, a hero Trojan prince, whose happiness is scarred by a curse cast by an evil sorcerer.

The work is an opera in prologue and three acts by the English Baroque composer Henry Purcell to a libretto by Nahum Tate. The first known performance of “Dido and Aeneas” was in 1688 at a London girls school, but music historians have speculated the opera may have been written for an earlier court performance for Charles II or James II.

Performers and their roles are:

Auburn: Brendan Boyle (ensemble)

Berryton: Aaron Springer (first sailor)

Chapman: Tyler Woodworth (ensemble)

Coldwater: Melanie Herd (Dido)

Hangzhou, China: Yangtian Bao (ensemble)

Hays: Kelsey Overbey (second witch)

Horton: Kelsey Rice (second handmaid)

Overbrook: Jacqueline Woodruff (spirit)

St. Louis, Mo.: Jacob Stone (Aeneas)

Silver Lake: Rachel Cross (first witch)

Topeka: Tyler Bridges (ensemble); Loren Buser (Belinda); Jocelyn Price (ensemble); Matthew A. Smith (ensemble); Matthew S. Smith (ensemble);

Philip Watson (sorcerer)

Stage manager is Rachel Price, of Tecumseh. Choreographer is Jocelyn Price, of Topeka.

Orchestra director is Chris Kelts and continuo is by Pat Gibson and Karl Page.

For information, call (785) 670-1511.

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Dena Anson, (785) 670-1711