Opera Dido and Aeneas comes to town

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Opera Dido and Aeneas comes to town

Opera Dido and Aeneas by English pianist and composer Henry Purcell will be staged by HCMC Ballet Symphony Orchestra and Opera (HBSO) with support from Transposition Program from Norway at HCMC Opera House on May 9.

Opera Dido and Aeneas comes to town

By My Loan in HCMC

Lars Notto Birkeland will conduct the HBSO Choir for opera Dido and Aeneas at HCMC Opera House - Photo: Courtesy of the organizers
Opera Dido and Aeneas by English pianist and composer Henry Purcell will be staged by HCMC Ballet Symphony Orchestra and Opera (HBSO) with support from Transposition Program from Norway at HCMC Opera House on May 9.

It is an opera in a prologue and three acts by the English Baroque composer Purcell to a libretto by Nahum Tate. The opera recounts the love story of Dido, Queen of Carthage and the Trojan hero Aeneas and her despair at his abandonment of her.

The opera opens with Dido in her court with her attendants. Dido is full of sorrow, saying “Peace and I are strangers grown,” and she is suggested to accept Aeneas’s proposal of marriage. The second act follows a sorceress plotting the destruction of Carthage and its queen, sending her ‘trusted elf’ disguised as Mercury, someone to whom Aeneas will surely listen, to tempt him to leave Dido and sail to Italy. The third act features the Sorceress singing a solo describing her further plans for the destruction of Aeneas on the ocean and the return of Aeneas in the fear of Dido.

The opera and Dido’s life both slowly come to a conclusion, as the Queen of Carthage sings her last aria ‘Dido’s Lament’.

The opera will demonstrate the talents of Norwegian conductor Lars Notto Birkeland, vocal coach Siri Torjesen, chorus master Ly Giai Thoa, Korean soprano Cho Hae Ryong, Vietnamese tenor Pham Trang, harpsichord Christian Kjos and artists of HBSO consisting of Tran Duy Linh, Ho Thi Kim Ngoc, Nguyen Thu Huong, Nguyen Thi Nhu Nhoc, Nguyen Thi Thanh Huyen, Vo Thuy Ngoc Tuyen and Nguyen Thi Thanh Nga.

Tickets are available at the HBSO Office, 3 Phan Van Dat Street or at the Opera House, 7 Lam Son Square in District 1 and are priced at VND500,000, VND350,000, VND250,000 and VND60,000 for students. Contact (08) 3823 7419 or 0908 977 921 for bookings.

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