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Dido and Aeneas

CALIFORNIA THEATRE, November 13 - 28

Having foresworn romantic love, Dido, Queen of Carthage, is tormented by the Trojan hero, Aeneas, who is desperate for her affections. But as their love is kindled, a powerful sorcerer plots the queen’s downfall. Through deceit, trickery, and the conjuring of a raging storm, Dido is ripped from Aeneas, in Purcell’s soaring, richly nuanced work culminating in one of opera’s greatest tragedies.

DESCRIPTION

One of the earliest and most celebrated operas, Dido and Aeneas is arguably one of the most important operatic works of the 17th century. Having foresworn romantic love, Dido, Queen of Carthage, is tormented by the Trojan hero, Aeneas, who is desperate for her affections. But as their love is kindled, a powerful sorcerer plots the queen’s downfall. Through deceit, trickery, and the conjuring of a raging storm, Dido is ripped from Aeneas, in Purcell’s soaring, richly nuanced work culminating in one of opera’s greatest tragedies.

Running Time: 60 minutes, no intermission.

Opera San José Music Director Joseph Marcheso will conduct this stunning new production, featuring accomplished mezzo-soprano Nikola Printz as Dido, celebrated baritone Efraín Solís as Aeneas, lauded soprano Maya Kherani as Belinda, and multi-award-winning bass-baritone Nathan Stark as the Sorcerer.

HEALTH AND SAFETY

We are thrilled to be returning to the historic California Theatre this November for Dido and Aeneas. To provide the safest possible experience for our patrons and company members, and to be in compliance with local city and state health mandates, OSJ is implementing the following policies:

– Proof of vaccination with a photo ID are required for entry into the California Theatre.

– Masks will be required for all attendees while on California Theatre grounds.

CAST AND CREATIVE

Conductor: Joseph Marcheso
Director: Elkhanah Pulitzer
Assistant Conductor: Christopher James Ray
Assistant Director: Tara Branham
 
Dido: Nikola Printz
Aeneas: Efraín Solís
Belinda: Maya Kherani
Sorcerer: Nathan Stark
Spirit: Logan Tanner
Second Woman: Erin Alford
First Witch: Melissa Sondhi
Second Witch: Bianca Orsi
First Sailor: Eric Levintow
 
Choreographer: Michael Pappalardo
Scenic and Lighting Design: Seth Reiser
Costume Design: Ulises Alcala
Makeup and Hair Design: Heather Sterling
Production Stage Manager: Margaret Kayes
Music Coach/Harpsichord Continuo: Veronika Agranov-Dafoe
 
 

SPONSORS

Opera San José is supported, in part, by a Cultural Affairs grant from the City of San Jose, the National Endowment for the Arts, The William and Flora Hewlett Foundation, The David and Lucile Packard Foundations, The Packard Humanities Institute, and The Wadhwani Foundation.