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Sept. 24, 2013

Contact David Richardson at 608-796-3781 or dkrichardson@viterbo.edu

VITERBO UNIVERSITY CHAMBER OPERA SERIES TO OPEN WITH DIDO AND AENEAS OCT. 4–6

LA CROSSE, Wis. – The 2013–14 Viterbo University Chamber Opera Series will open with Henry Purcell’s classic Baroque opera Dido and Aeneas Friday, Oct. 4–Sunday, Oct. 6 in the Fine Arts Center Recital Hall.

Widely considered one of the greatest English operas of the 17th century, Dido and Aeneas is the story of Dido, the queen of Carthage, and her love for Trojan hero Aeneas.

Dido and Aeneas will appeal to a wide audience,” said David Richardson, Viterbo faculty member and music director of the production. “It’s concise, the plot moves along quickly, and of course, it features beautiful music.”

A string quartet and a harpsichord player will provide music for the production, giving it a more authentic sound closer to the 1689 original production, Richardson said. A “Greek Chorus” is a major part of the opera, and it provides “really gorgeous music,” Richardson said.

Richardson is joined by his friend Nathan Troup, who is the stage director for the production. Troup is the assistant stage director at the Boston Conservatory and works exclusively with opera. He will also hold master classes for students while at Viterbo. Viterbo music faculty member Dan Johnson-Wilmot is the vocal coach for the production.

“Viterbo has a very strong music program and very strong student singers,” Richardson said. “It’s always great to showcase our students.”

Performance times are 7:30 p.m. Oct. 4–5 and 2 p.m. Sunday, Oct. 6. Tickets are $12 for general admission seating. For more information or to order tickets, contact the Viterbo box office at 608-796-3100 or visit www.viterbo.edu/tickets.

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