Urban Opera, a new opera company in San Francisco, launches its inaugural production with the first existing English opera, Henry Purcell’s Dido and Aeneas, on August 21st featuring mezzo-soprano Kindra Scharich in the title role.
Friday, August 21
Saturday, August 22
Sunday, August 23
All performances begins at 7:00 PM, the doors will open at 6:30 PM
Urban Opera ArtSpace
409 - 499 Illinois Street (@ 16th Street)
Mission Bay, San Francisco
Premium $50, General Admission $30
To purchase tickets online please click here: https://www.brownpapertickets.com/event/76090
Please Note: General Admission tickets will be available for purchase at the door by check or cash. It is a large outdoor space so we will be able to fit you in.
Dido and Aeneas is Purcell’s setting of Nahum Tate’s libretto, based on a story from Virgil’s Aeneid. The opera mixes gods, heroes, mortals, and evil spirits into a one-hour Greek tragedy.
The opera begins with a spoken prologue (the original music has been lost) between the gods followed by a staged overture designed to bring those unfamiliar with Virgil’s Fourth Book of The Aeneid up to speed. Dido, the powerful Queen of Carthage is shadowed by a malevolent spirit. She is brought out of her despair by her court and by the arrival of the Trojan hero, Aeneas. At first Love seems triumphant however Dido is ultimately undone by the evil forces of the witches, by the fate the gods have set for Aeneas, and her own pride.
Urban Opera brings together singers and actors from across a broad spectrum of the music world. Featured with Ms. Scharich, are sopranos Kimarie Torre (Belinda), Milissa Carey (Sorceress), Pamela Igelsrud (Second Woman), tenor Todd Wedge (Aeneas), counter-tenors Cortez Mitchell (First Witch/Mercury) and Michael McNeil (Second Witch/Sailor). The production is accompanied by The Jubilate Baroque Orchestra.
Kue King’s modern costume design coupled with contemporary theatrical devices aid in bringing the opera out of antiquity and into a modern sensibility.
This site-specific performance will take place in an elevated park sheltered between two beautiful new buildings in Mission Bay. A grove, a meadow, and a spectacular bay view transports viewers out of the everyday and into another world. Told as the sun sets, Dido’s lament, “Remember me, but ah! Forget my fate,” seems timeless.