College Choir and Meistersingers to Perform Opera “Dido and Aeneas”

The Ursinus College Choir and Meistersingers will offer a concert performance of Henry Purcell’s opera Dido and Aeneas on Nov. 2 at 7:30 p.m. in Bomberger Auditorium. The event is free and open to the public.

The story for Dido and Aeneas was adapted from part of The Aeneid by Virgil. Dido, Queen of Carthage, falls in love with Aeneas, who lands in Carthage after fleeing from Troy after defeat in the Trojan War. However, some witches who dislike Dido try to convince Aeneas that he must leave because he is fated to be the founder of the Roman Empire.

John French, holder of the Heefner Chair of Music, will conduct the program, which will feature string orchestra accompaniment. Soloists include Kim Lee (Dido), Robert O’Neil (Aeneas) and Molly Stejskal (Belinda).