Tuesday, September 23, 2014

LA Opera Talk Purcell’s Dido & Aeneas Sunday, October 26, 2:00 p.m.

In baroque composer Henry Purcell’s Dido and Aeneas, an intimately scaled tragedy, a queen falls prey to the machinations of a formidable enemy, losing her heart to a man who abruptly abandons her. It is England’s oldest opera (yes, in English!) and a classic tragedy based on Virgil’s Aeneid. Dido and Aeneas is remembered as one of Purcell's foremost theatrical works and it was also his first opera, and his only all-sung dramatic work. The music has been long renowned for its splendid beauty. LA Opera Community Educator SEAN MUHLSTEIN will present the background on this stunning work in the Barth Community Room, Sunday, October 26th at 2:00 p.m. Sean is also a board member of the Opera League of Los Angeles and is eager to share his expertise with one and all.

Opera is not just magnificent music, dance and theater with astounding sets on a beautiful stage. An opera can sweep you away to foreign lands, take you back in time, dazzle you with pageantry and bring history to life. It is literature, social studies, cultural diversity, multiple languages and most of all, it is exciting! Come explore the world of opera through LA Opera’s education programs. Opera has something for everyone.

The program is free and open to all opera aficionados and first timers. Light refreshments will be served.