He’s considered to be one of the greatest English composers. It is speculated that his first work was an ode for King Charles II in 1668. He was appointed organist of Westminster Abbey and in a five year span, he “supplied music for more than 40 plays.” His harmonies can be heard in The Who’s “Pinball Wizard” and the theme music for Clockwork Orange. (BaroqueMusic.org)
“He” is Henry Purcell and his hugely influential Baroque opera Dido and Aeneas, based on Book IV of Virgil’s Aeneid, is the story of Dido, Queen of Carthage, for the Trojan hero Aeneas. It will be performed by a new company, Opera Animata, at St. Luke’s Episcopal Church.
But Opera Animata wants to spice things up a bit…
For those who prefer their opera extra-creepy have a treat in store…The monumental 1688 Baroque Dido and Aeneas…has always served up a hefty helping of sorcery, elves, and enchantment. But fearing it might be too mild for modern-day audiences, Opera Animata has dropped in an extra dash of zest: Zombies.
Operata Animata was founded during the fall of 2013 by General Director Jenny Ohrstrom. The organization states its goal as being “committed to helping young singers, performers, directors, conductors, and composers by providing opportunities for their talents to emerge.” Additionally, “it is dedicated to helping these artists continue to work on their craft between finishing their academic studies and developing their careers.”
This intriguing event is free to the public, though a donation of $10 is suggest.
Purcell’s Dido and Aeneas by Opera Animata
Saturday, March 22nd, 8 p.m.
St. Luke’s Episcopal Church, 122 S. California Ave., Monrovia