Students performing Dido and Aeneas opera

Tale of romance and tragedy enhanced by ballet, vocal ensemble students | January 14, 2003

The Xavier University opera is presenting "Dido and Aeneas" by Henry Purcell on Friday, Jan. 24, and Saturday, Jan. 25, at 8:00 p.m. in the Gallagher Student Center theater. Based on "Venus and Adonis," this tragedy provides an evening of contrasting moods and colors. Dido, the noble Queen of Carthage, falls in love with the Trojan prince Aeneas. While the court celebrates the imminent union of the two monarchs, the evil Sorceress with her coven of witches plots their downfall. Romance leads to heartbreak and tragedy. Seven University students star in the production. And, for the first time, the opera will feature student ballet dancers and the University's vocal chamber ensemble. Five student instrumentalists are performing with the orchestra. "In the past the opera would bring in professionals or use faculty for the principal roles," says Alison Acord, University voice instructor and director of Xavier's opera workshop. "Now the emphasis is on students fulfilling those roles." Rehearsal boxes and draping fabrics will decorate the set. Each character will also be wrapped in brightly colored material. "The fabric weaves through the set as if weaving through mankind," says Acord. "It represents how an event for one person can change events for an entire civilization." Tickets are $9 for adults and $5 for seniors and students. For tickets and/or more information please contact Alison Acord at 513 745-3959.