OBF debuts in Ashland June 29
On Wednesday, June 29, the Oregon Bach Festival continues its statewide reach with its first concert in Ashland, Oregon since 1978 . The showcase of the concert is Henry Purcell's opera, Dido and Aeneas, the tragic love story of a queen both admired and punished for her power. Performed by the Portland Baroque Orchestra with the Festival chorus and vocal soloists, it takes place in the Southern Oregon University Recital Hall in Ashland at 7:30pm. Tickets are now on sale.
One of the earliest English operas, Purcell's 17th century work Dido and Aeneas is one of the best known. It reflects the Festival’s main programming theme, “In Praise of Women” in its story of Dido, the proud queen of ancient times who founded the city of Carthage on the North African coast. The prototype of the tragic romantic heroine, she falls in love with the Trojan hero Aeneas, and faces a mortal decision when he abandons her.
Violinist Monica Huggett, a pioneering woman in her own right as leader of the Portland Baroque Orchestra and first director of the Juilliard School’s early music program, directs the concert. Soprano Golda Schultz, a rising star in the opera world from South Africa, sings the title role.
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The second half of the concert presents a period instrument approach to two works by 20th century composer Benjamin Britten, including the choral dances from Gloriana, which celebrates two real-life queens: its subject is Elizabeth I, and it was written for the coronation of Elizabeth II.
In 1978, Helmuth Rilling and the festival performed Mendelssohn's Die Erste Walpurgisnacht and Midsummer Night's Dream in partnership with the Oregon Shakespeare Festival in Ashland. This year's Ashland concert is one event of nearly 50 in Eugene as well as Portland and Bend, June 23-July 10.
Tickets for the Ashland concert range from $15-$35. To order, visit www.tickets.uoregon.edu/obf or call 541-346-4363.