UofL Opera Theatre presents Purcell’s ‘Dido and Aeneas’


    LOUISVILLE, Ky. – The School of Music Opera Theatre at the University of Louisville will perform Henry Purcell’s “Dido and Aeneas” at 8 p.m., March 27 and 28 and 2 p.m. on the 29th in the Baroque Ballroom at the historic Henry Clay building, 604 S. Third Street.

    Following the custom in Renaissance and Baroque theater, the UofL Early Music Ensemble will perform music from Matthew Lock’s “Psyche” and John Blow’s “Venus and Adonis,” before the production and during intermission.

    The historic opera is thought to have been a celebration to mark the coronation of William III and Mary II to the English monarchy. First performed in 1689, the play is based on a love story with the legendary queen of Carthage, Dido, and the Trojan refugee, Aeneas, from the fourth book of Virgil’s “Aeneid.”

    Not only is this tragic opera England’s oldest, it is the only true opera by the English Baroque composer Henry Purcell.

    Seating is limited in an intimate setting that focuses on the musical and dramatic aspects of this early opera. Located in the heart of Louisville’s theater district, The Henry Clay is one of the largest historic renovation projects in the country representing buildings in the neo-classic revival style that grew in popularity during the 1920’s era.

    Tickets may be purchased in advance at the School of Music on Belknap Campus, $20 for general admission, $10 for UofL affiliates, or at the door as available. Call 852-6907 for ticket information.

    For more information, contact Mike Ramach at 852-0544 or merama01@louisville.edu.