West Bay Opera Presents Dido and Aeneas and La vida breve
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The last date listed for Dido and Aeneas and La vida breve was Sunday May 29, 2011 / 2:00pm.
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After seeing the operas I can understand why they are not performed very much. The production was well done and singing fine but as opera goes both are not real high up on the list of worth seeing. I'm not unhappy that I went because I wanted to see these rarely performed operas.
Two very different stories of love forsaken are featured as a pair in this production. In Henry Purcell’s English baroque masterpiece, Dido and Aeneas, Trojan hero Aeneas courts Dido, the Queen of Carthage. Then, tricked by evil witches, he abandons Dido and she dies of grief.
In Manuel de Falla’s La vida breve, Salud, a gypsy girl in Granada, is courted by Paco, a handsome young man from a rich family. Eventually, she discovers that he is getting married to a woman of his own social class. She confronts him at the wedding, he pretends not to know her and she literally dies at his feet. The powerful score includes memorable choral and flamenco dance sections.
Sung in English and Spanish, respectively, with English titles
About the Ticket Supplier: West Bay Opera
Performing both the familiar and the adventurous, West Bay Opera seeks to please and challenge singers and audiences with three productions per season, one each in October, February, and May. The repertoire includes standard popular works, lesser-known operas and operettas, and occasionally operas by modern composers. Some of West Bay Opera's greatest successes result from undertaking formidable artistic challenges. Past accomplishments include Bellini's rarely-performed Norma, Tchaikovsky's Eugene Onegin in the original Russian, and Wagner's Der Fliegende Holländer. The principal consideration is always to give talented young opera singers an opportunity to perform challenging roles and, in turn, to give audiences the pleasure of hearing these singers on their way to fame.
Comic operas are performed in English translations, some expressly prepared for West Bay Opera. Dramatic operas are performed in the original language. All productions are accompanied by projected supertitles in English.