April 7 & 8, 2018

From Virgil’s Aeneid, where Dido falls in love with the Trojan hero Aeneas.

Purcell’s Dido & Aeneas

and Bach’s Coffee Cantata, BWV 211


MBM will conclude the season with period performances of Henry Purcell’s tragic operatic masterpiece, Dido & Aeneas, paired in a double-billing with one of J. S. Bach’s rare comic outings, the mischievous Coffee Cantatawhere substance-preoccupation (coffee, no less) and family dynamics collide!
We are pleased to offer the production of Dido & Aeneas as a semi-staged baroque opera featuring outstanding soloists, a full baroque orchestra,and beautiful dancing sequences―thanks to the collaboration of director David Ronis (UW-Madison Opera), Karen McShane–Hellenbrand (UW-Madison Dance Department), and baroque-performance specialist conductor Marc Vallon (UW- Madison Mead Witter School of Music). Come hear spectacular vocal soloists, a sumptuous chorus, gut-strung violins, violas and cellos, viola da gamba, lute, harpsichord, baroque flute―and an amazing wind machine!!

Nola Richardson–“astonishing balance and accuracy, lavishing crystalline diction on everything she touched…”  (The Washington Post)

Chelsea Shephard–“beautiful, lyric instrument” and “flawless legato” (Opera News)

Saturday, April 7, 2018
6:45 pm lecture/ 7:30 pm concert

Sunday, April 8, 2018
2:45 pm lecture/ 3:30 pm concert
First Unitarian Society of Madison–Atrium Auditorium