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Arts / Entertainment

Rare, Baroque English opera

May 3, 2012

Before he died at the age of 36, composer Henry Purcell wrote hundreds of sacred anthems, hymns, canons, and chants. He also composed 'Dido and Aeneas,' his best known opera, a dramatic work containing what many believe to be one of the most beautiful arias ever written, 'When I am laid in earth.'

The 4,500 square foot, 285-seat Organ Recital Hall provides an intimate, unparalleled setting for vocal performances.Friday & Saturday, May 4 and 5
7:30-9:30 p.m. (both nights)
University Center for the Arts
Organ Recital Hall

Baroque English opera

Enjoy a performance presented by the new Charles and Reta Ralph Opera Center with string quartet and harpsichord/piano accompaniment!

The annual opera scenes program includes a fully staged production of one of the few surviving examples of Baroque English opera: Henry Purcell’s Dido and Aeneas featuring Dido’s beautiful and haunting lament When I am laid in earth, a popular aria to this day.

Performances rich with imagination

The evening will be complemented by excerpted scenes from operatic literature, ranging from Baroque to modern. Minimal sets and costumes require a greater sense of imagination, creating a profound acting experience for the singers.

This event is free.

Contact: Carrie Care
Phone: (970) 491-5891