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Madrigal Choir Presents Dido and Aeneas April 6


Las Vegas, N.M. – The New Mexico Highlands University Madrigal Choir presents a production of the Dido and Aeneas opera April 6 at 3 p.m. in the university’s historic Ilfeld Auditorium, 900 University Ave.

Dido and Aeneasis a tragic opera written by Baroque era English composer Henry Purcell that was performed for the first time in 1688. It tells the stormy love story of Dido, Queen of Carthage, and the Trojan hero Aeneas.

Dido and Aeneasis considered one of Purcell’s foremost theatrical works and is in three acts. The opera is set in ancient Greece.

Andre García-Nuthmann, director of the Highlands University Department of Music’s choral and vocal program, is the musical director for the production. Don Evans, theatre and speech instructor, and García-Nuthmann are the artistic directors.

Music faculty Linda King is the piano accompanist.

Alto Autumn Woods plays Dido while tenor Michael Rascon leads as Aeneas.

Other leading roles include soprano Karliz de Marco as Belinda, Dido’s attendant and confidante, soprano Kayla Gonzalez as the second woman, alto Lisa Cisneros as the sorceress, soprano Lynnelle Logan as the first witch, baritone Daniel Torres as the sailor, and Elena Chavez, singing at both soprano and alto. Staff member and mezzo-soprano Vick Evans is the second witch and production manager.

Original choreography and costumes will enliven the performance. The dancers include McKensie Kiser, Grace Thompson, and Jasmine Waugaman. Pierce Stowman and Eric Rangel will play the foot soldiers.

Don Evans designed and built the sets, with help from Nick Evans. Community member Chris Jordan is creating the costumes while Karliz de Marco is doing the props and makeup.

All tickets for Dido and Aeneas are $5. Highlands University students with valid IDs are free.

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