Opera Saratoga: “Dido and Aeneas” Outdoors

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July 6th, 12th, 19th and 21st 2015 • 8:15 pm
National Museum of Dance • Saratoga Springs, NY

In its first venture into producing Baroque operaOpera Saratoga has set out to do something a little different with a unique production under the stars. And it seems like the weather is cooperating for what should be a terrific opening night!

One of the earliest English operas, Dido and Aeneas is one of Henry Purcell’s foremost theatrical works. The libretto is by Nahum Tate. This heartbreaking opera recounts the love of Dido, Queen of Carthage, for the Trojan hero, Aeneas, and her despair when he abandons her. The combination of exquisite vocal music and extensive use of dance has inspired many interpretations of the great score.

Presented in partnership with the National Museum of Dance, Opera Saratoga has invited legendary choreographer and director Karole Armitage to create a very special site-specific production for Saratoga Springs that embraces the natural beauty and history of The National Museum of Dance located in the Spa State Park. The production, conducted by Nicole Paiement in her Opera Saratoga debut, features Metropolitan Opera mezzo-soprano Jennifer Johnson Cano as Dido, along with the exquisite dancers of the ArmitageGone! Dance company in what is sure to be one of the most talked about productions of the summer for dance and music lovers alike.

You’ll want to know that your ticket(s) to Dido and Aeneas includes admission to the wonderful exhibits at The National Museum of Dance beginning at 7:00 PM. Seating, which begins at 7:45 PM for the performance beginning at 8:15 PM, is general admission.

As this production is presented outdoors and the weather can be unpredictable, for every performance date, Opera Saratoga has scheduled two “rain dates.” For more information on those, please contact Opera Saratoga by clicking here.

If you’re not familiar with Karole Armitage’s work, the following clip of her “Cunning Little Vixen” done with the New York Philharmonic a few years ago offers a little teaser. And, if you go, please let us know how you like Opera Saratoga’s first Baroque opera!

Upcoming Events

  • Tanglewood Brass Spectacular!
  • Tanglewood Music Center, Lenox, MA
    Monday, July 6th 2015 at 7:00 pm

  • Opera Saratoga: Dido and Aeneas (outdoors)
  • National Museum of Dance, Saratoga Springs, NY
    Monday, July 6th 2015 at 8:15 pm

  • Soprano Sylvia Stoner and pianist Carol Ann Elze-Sussdorf | Song Recitals of Madame Sembrich
  • Marcella Sembrich Opera Museum, Bolton Landing, NY
    Wednesday, July 8th 2015 at 1:30 pm

  • The Fleisher-Jacobson Piano Duo: Bach, Debussy, Brahms, Schubert, Ravel
  • Seija Ozawa Hall at Tanglewood, Lenox, MA
    Wednesday, July 8th 2015 at 8:00 pm

  • Bass-Baritone Bryn Terfel: Arts Songs & Ballads
  • Seija Ozawa Hall at Tanglewood, Lenox, MA
    Thursday, July 9th 2015 at 8:00 pm

  • WMHT “No Ticket Required”: Hudson Valley Philharmonic performs Mozart
  • WMHT-FM (Radio Broadcasts), Troy (NY)
    Friday, July 10th 2015 at 1:00 pm

  • Glimmerglass Festival: “The Magic Flute”
  • Alice Busch Opera Theater, Springfield Center, NY
    Friday, July 10th 2015 at 7:30 pm

  • Opera Saratoga: “The Long Walk” | World Premiere
  • Spa Little Theatre, SPAC, Saratoga Springs, NY
    Friday, July 10th 2015 at 7:30 pm

  • Seagle Music Colony Children’s Opera: “The Ugly Duckling”
  • Boathouse Theater, Schroon Lake, NY
    Saturday, July 11th 2015 at 10:00 am

  • Seagle Music Colony Children’s Opera: “The Ugly Duckling”
  • Boathouse Theater, Schroon Lake, NY
    Saturday, July 11th 2015 at 11:30 am

  • Opera Saratoga: La Cenerentola
  • Spa Little Theatre, SPAC, Saratoga Springs, NY
    Saturday, July 11th 2015 at 2:00 pm

  • Glimmerglass Festival: “Macbeth”
  • Alice Busch Opera Theater, Springfield Center, NY
    Saturday, July 11th 2015 at 8:00 pm

  • Boston Symphony Orchestra: Puccini’s “Tosca,” Act I
  • Tanglewood Music Center, Lenox, MA
    Saturday, July 11th 2015 at 8:30 pm

  • Opera Saratoga: “Of Arms and the Man I Sing” | Monteverdi, Puts and more
  • Dee Sarno Theater at Saratoga Arts Center, Saratoga Springs, NY
    Sunday, July 12th 2015 at 2:00 pm

  • Boston Symphony Orchestra with violinist Pinchas Zukerman: Adams, Mozart, Dvořák
  • Tanglewood Music Center, Lenox, MA
    Sunday, July 12th 2015 at 2:30 pm