Fateful lovers in Bend: Dido and Aeneas

  • Jun 9, 2011
[caption id="attachment_5038" align="alignleft" width="240" caption="Golda Schultz sings the title role of Dido"][/caption] A mythic queen and her lover, entangled in the forces of fate, are the central figures in “Dido and Aeneas” presented in concert by Portland Baroque Orchestra with choir and soloists Tuesday June 28, 2011 at the Tower Theatre in Bend, Oregon. The concert is a presentation of the Oregon Bach Festival. The best-known work of 17th century composer Henry Purcell, the opera was chosen as a reflection of the Oregon Bach Festival’s main programming theme, “In Praise of Women.” Dido founded the city of Carthage on the North African coast. She falls in love with the Trojan hero Aeneas, and after her encounter with spell-casting witches, faces a mortal decision when he abandons her. Violinist Monica Huggett directs the concert. Huggett is 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. Soprano Golda Schultz of South Africa, a newcomer to the opera scene, sings the title role. In the second half of the concert Huggett takes 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 was written for the coronation of Elizabeth II. “The subjects of Purcell’s timeless opera are love, power, and fate,” said John Evans, executive director of the Oregon Bach Festival. “His musical influence spanned the centuries to Benjamin Britten and our time. Monica Huggett will illuminate these ties for our audiences with the vitality and wit that has made her one of our state’s treasured artists.” The Bend performance is part of a four-concert tour of Purcell’s opera Dido and Aeneas that is sponsored by US Bank, and underwritten in part by a grant from the National Endowment for the Arts. The concert time is 7:30 PM with tickets ranging from $15 - $35. The historic 466 seat Tower Theatre is owned and operated by the Tower Theatre Foundation, a non-profit organization. To order tickets, visit www.towertheatre.org or call 541-317-0700.