Dido and Aeneas

As the Witches in the Bowling Green Opera Theater production of “Dido and Aeneas,” Sarah Flamer (front) and (left to right) Kimberly Bright, Maggie Davis and Alana Kolb cast a spell to harm the noble warrior.

BG Opera Theater presents 'La Canterina' and 'Dido and Aeneas'

The Opera Theater at the College of Musical Arts will present Haydn's “La Canterina” and Henry Purcell's “Dido and Aeneas” at 8 p.m. Friday (Nov. 3) and 3 p.m. Sunday (Nov. 5) in Kobacker Hall of the Moore Musical Arts Center.

“La Canterina” is a two-act comic opera that will be sung in Italian with English supertitles.

The cast of “La Canterina” features graduate voice students Joan Cano, from the Philippines, as Gasparina and Leslie Douglas of Westland, Mich., as her mother, Apollonia. Senior vocal performance major Josh Hamilton of Cleves appears as Don Pellagio, and Jacob Wilder, a junior vocal performance major from Van Wert, is the singing teacher. Senior Kathryn (Kate) Gibson of Deshler will be the young boy Don Ettore.

“Dido and Aeneas,” based on a story from the fourth book of Virgil's “Aeneid,” depicts the tragic tale of the Queen of Carthage. The work, to be sung in English, is considered the first English opera ever composed.

Graduate vocal performance major Courtney Cleveland of Louisville, Ky., will portray Dido, while Andrew Cook-Feltz, a graduate vocal performance major from Coralville, Iowa, will be seen in the role of Aeneas.

The production is directed by Dr. Ronald Shields, chair of the University's Department of Theatre and Film. Emily Freeman Brown, director of orchestral activities, and Octavio Mas Arocas, a doctoral music student from Spain, will conduct the Bowling Green Philharmonia. Deborah Tell, dance, serves as choreographer and Kevin Bylsma, instructor of opera, is the vocal coach/chorus master.

Steven Boone, theatre and film, is the set designer for “La Canterina.” The centerpiece of the set for “Dido and Aeneas” is installation pieces made of steel and wood by Greg Mueller, art.

Costumes for “La Canterina” were designed by Laurel Daman, costume shop supervisor for the theatre and film department, and costumes for “Dido and Aeneas” are by Margaret McCubbin, also in the department. Lighting design is by Keith Hofacker, technical director at the College of Musical Arts.

Tickets are $8 for students and senior citizens and $10 for other adults. For tickets, call 2-8171.

The performance is a collaboration among the College of Musical Arts, the Department of Theatre and Film, the School of Art and the School of Human Movement, Sport and Leisure Studies.

October 30, 2006