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English Opera ‘Dido and Aeneas’ to be performed May 4 in Morristown

May 4 @ 7:00 pm - 8:15 pm

Free – $50

MORRISTOWN, NJ – On Saturday, May 4, 7:00 PM at St. Mary’s Abbey of Morristown, a musical merger between the Somerset Hills Chorus of Music in the Somerset Hills (MISH) and the Trenton-based LOTUS Chorale is bound to generate an electric performance of Henry Purcell’s ‘Dido and Aeneas’, one of the first English operas ever written.

Purcell (1659-1695) was a composer from the Baroque period of music. He and his librettist, Nahum Tate, based Dido and ‘Aeneas’ on Book IV of the ‘Aeneid’ by the ancient Roman poet Virgil.

Stephen Sands, MISH’s Artistic Director, will conduct the combined ensemble. The roles of Dido and the Sorceress will both be sung by mezzo-soprano Emily Skilling, a South Carolina District winner of the Metropolitan Opera National Council Auditions.

Aeneas will be sung by baritone soloist Christopher Herbert, a professor at William Paterson University where he leads the Voice program. He will also assist in semi-staging the cast for May 4 after recently directing a fully-staged production of Dido and Aeneas at William Paterson.

Soprano Kristin Sands will sing the role of Dido’s handmaiden, Belinda. Alicia Brozovich, soprano and director of the LOTUS Chorale, will sing the roles of Second Witch and Second Woman. Another LOTUS soprano, Margaret Bergmark-Williams, will sing the role of the Spirit and the First Witch.
The cast and chorus will be accompanied by one of NYC’s premier early-music ensembles, the Sebastians, a 24-member orchestra that performs on Baroque-period instruments.

In addition to the musical artistry that will be on display, one of LOTUS’ artists-in-residence, the Trenton-based Chee Bravo, has created a dynamic visual hallmark for the production. As a backdrop to the performance, a 20-foot wide banner will be hung depicting imagery that invokes the three acts of the opera.

Advance prices are $30 for general admission and $50 for reserved orchestra seating. Online sales end on May 4 at 12:00 PM, after which time tickets can be purchased at the door for $40 and $60. Tickets for all students up to college senior are entirely free, whether online or at the door. Tickets and more information can be found at MusicSH.org/events.

This concert is made possible by funds from the Somerset County Cultural & Heritage Commission, a partner of the New Jersey State Council on the Arts.


May 4
7:00 pm - 8:15 pm
Free – $50
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Music in the Somerset Hills
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St. Mary’s Abbey Church
230 Mendham Road
Morristown, 07960 United States
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