Venus & Adonis/ Dido & Aeneas Comes to the Florentine Opera, Jan. 26-28

 A RARE BAROQUE DOUBLE BILL WITH PERIOD INSTRUMENTS,
VENUS & ADONIS / DIDO & AENEAS

JANUARY 26 (7:30 PM), 27 (7:30PM), & 28 (2:30PM), 2018 | Wilson Theatre at Vogel Hall, Marcus Center for the Performing Arts

MILWAUKEE, Wis.—December 6, 2017— Myths come alive in a pair of English one-act operas, Venus & Adonis and Dido & Aeneas, blending perfectly into one evening of great opera.

Audiences will hear these pieces the way 17th century audiences did.  Lower-pitched tuning and gut strings give a warmth of sound that we’re excited to share with audiences.  This original Florentine production will include rich sets by Florentine’s own Noele Stollmack and lavish costumes by Christianne Myers.

 

 

WHAT’S NEWSWORTHY

  • World-renowned and Grammy-nominated harpsichordist & conductor Jory Vinikour leads an authentic Baroque ensemble.

 

  • Metropolitan Opera star Sandra Piques Eddy (mezzo-soprano) takes the Florentine Opera stage with a cast of Florentine favorites.

 

  • Dani Kuepper, Choreographer and Artistic Director of Danceworks, brings fresh movement to this early operatic masterpiece.

 

THE OPERA STORY IN BRIEF
Based on the Roman myth, John Blow’s Venus & Adonis is a passionate tale about a beautiful goddess (Venus) and a handsome hunter (Adonis).  A dream that becomes a twist of fate turns this love story into one of loss.

From the story of Virgil’s Aeneid, comes Henry Purcell’s opera, Dido & Aeneas.  This is a classic “boy meets girl” love story about a Trojan hero (Aeneas) who flees his homeland and falls in love with the Queen of Carthage (Dido).  Their love is tested when they are torn between passion and duty.

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