Dido and Aeneas: The Puppet Version

Dido and Aeneas
Music by Henry Purcell (1659 – 1695)
Libretto by Nahum Tate (1652 – 1715)
First known performance: December 1689 at a girls’ school at Chelsea

Conductor: Dr Charles Barber
Artistic Director: Kris Fleerackers
Puppeteer: Jacqueline Tryāček
Puppeteer: Mika Laulainen

Cast
Dido Queen of Carthage: Melissa Howell
Aeneas a Trojan Prince: Andrew Greenwood
Belinda Dido’s confidante: Alexandra Hill
Second Woman: Orla Brundrett
Sorceress: Fabiana Katz
First Witch: Orla Brundrett
Second Witch: Alexandra Hill
Sailor: C.D. Saint
Spirit in form of Mercury: Orla Brundrett
Chorus: Orla Brundrett, Alexandra Hill, Fabiana Katz, C.D. Saint, Andrew Greenwood

Instrumentalists
Violin I: Sarah Ho
Violin II: Ji In Kim
Viola: Thomas Beckman
Cello: Brian Mix
Double Bass: Megan Bradfield
Harpsichord: Nicole Linaksita

While the six instrumentalists (five strings plus harpsichord) and six voices from the Postmodern Camerata, led by guest musical director Dr Charles Barber (Artistic Director of City Opera Vancouver), present the music in all its baroque splendour, Kris Fleerackers leads the artistic team of puppeteers and thirty puppets (the latter ranging in size from six inches to six feet) bringing to life the characters in this timeless tale of love gone wrong: a queen desperate for a new chance at joy, a hero washed up on a foreign shore but under direction of the Gods, a sorceress and two evil witches, some very fickle sailors, and a blooded wild beast …

Purcell’s Dido & Aeneas: the Puppet Version will take place on Saturday May 6th with performances at 3pm & 7pm at the Annex (823 Seymour Street) in downtown Vancouver. Tickets: $20 ($10 under 18). For more information about the piece, personnel (including the puppets!) and performances, as well as ticket purchase, visit: Tickets

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