Countertenor Daniel Taylor (Marie-Reine Mattera)
It is pure emotion. Pure story. Every gesture is authentic. It's also a remarkable combination of people coming together from around the world - luxury casting.
—Daniel Taylor, countertenor
As Valentine's Day approaches, thoughts turn to love, and to great love stories. One of them will be told on the stage of Westminster United Church. It's a production of Henry Purcell's opera Dido & Aeneas, a work is based on Virgil's epic poem, Aeneid.
The opera tells the story of Dido, the Queen of Carthage, who falls in love with Aeneas, a Trojan prince who has been shipwrecked in Carthage. However, the evil Sorceress is bent on destroying their relationship. The production features countertenor Daniel Taylor with the Theatre of Early Music.
5 reasons to see Dido & Aeneas:
1. It's your chance to see Henry Purcell's only true opera in semi-staged form. In fact it's England's first opera. Baroque operas just don't turn up on the Winnipeg stage very often.
2. Daniel Taylor is Canada's superstar countertenor. He has wowed Winnipeg audiences three times in the past, performing with the Manitoba Chamber Orchestra. It will be a rare treat to see him playing the roll of the Sorceress. His ethereal voice is to die for.
3. Speaking of dying, the opera's most famous aria, "When I am laid in earth" is heart-wrenchingly beautiful.
4. The Choir and Orchestra of the Theatre of Early Music (TEM) is praised the world over for breathing new life into early music.
5. Daniel Taylor himself, artistic director of TEM, adds his own personal reasons: "It's a beautifully structured opera clocking in at just 50 minutes. It is pure emotion. Pure story. Every gesture is authentic. It's also a remarkable combination of people coming together from around the world - luxury casting."
Dido & Aeneas is co-presented by the Manitoba Chamber Orchestra and Manitoba Opera. The performances run Tuesday, February 7 and Wednesday February 8 at Westminster United Church.