Past Performance

May 13, 2017 Dido and Aeneas

Virginia Arts Festival

Sandler Center

Virginia Beach, Virginia — United States

Performance Times

May 13, 2017 8:00pm


Mark Morris Dance Group and Music Ensemble
Choreography by Mark Morris
Conducted by Mark Morris
Featuring Stephanie Blythe, mezzo-soprano

When this masterwork premiered 27 years ago, critics hailed the provocative work as "a tour de force of artistic storytelling...that smashes and rewrites boundaries" (Los Angeles Times). In revival, Morris's Dido and Aeneas still entices the eye and raises the pulse, with Morris conducting the orchestra, choral ensemble and soloists in the 17th-century score.

"Delight defines Mark Morris' Dido and Aeneas. Delight in sex, in music, in pathos, in mischief and even evil. Delight...and joy" (Chicago Tribune).

Music lovers will delight in the live music, as legendary opera star Stephanie Blythe sings the roles of the love-dazed Dido and the evil Sorceress. "That astonishing voice--dark, vehement, hear Ms. Blythe to hear the roles anew" (The New York Times). 

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