Performance Arts

Dido & Aeneas: An English Baroque Dance Opera

When: Fri., Jan. 29, 8-9:30 p.m. and Sat., Jan. 30, 2-3:30 & 8-9:30 p.m. 2016

Do you sing opera in the shower, but aren’t entirely sure if you’re any good? Gonzaga’s upcoming multi-department production of the dance opera Dido & Aeneas offers a chance to hear ranges of opera and soak in the accompanying Incendo Baroque Ensemble’s lovely pitch. Composed by Henry Purcell in the late 17th century, the opera tells the love story of Dido, Queen of Carthage, and her love for the ancient roman hero Aeneas, who later abandons her. This show uses original choreography and staging, yet with twists throughout. For instance, a male student performs a woman’s role, singing mezzo-soprano.

Fri, Jan. 29, at 8 pm; Sat, Jan. 30, at 2 and 8 pm • $10-$15 • Gonzaga University, Hemmingson Center • 702 E. DeSmet • gonzaga.edu/dido

Claire Standaert

Price: $10-$15