Dido and Aeneas

by Henry Purcell

Dido and Aeneas

OTYC is thrilled to announce its first fall 2020 production: Henry Purcell’s Dido and Aeneas. The entire audition, rehearsal, and performance process will be virtual, and any Yale undergraduate student (regardless of enrollment status) is encouraged to participate!

Our production of Dido and Aeneas will take the form of an opera-film with parallel audio and visual narratives. The music, recorded by talented singers and instrumentalists trained in baroque style, will follow the opera’s original libretto. The visual component will tell an analogous story, centering on the Chinese actress Shangguan Yunzhu and her alleged affair with Mao Zedong before the country’s Cultural Revolution. We hope to highlight the ways in which dramatic tropes and archetypes of the Western canon are, in fact, present all over the world, and to expand the relevance of this European story to a wider variety of cultures and peoples.
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Performance Dates & Times

November 28, 2020 - 7:30pm

November 29, 2020 - 2:00pm



Venue Accessibility: 
Contact the email listed above or the producer for inquiries regarding accessibility.

Patron Information

For the Saturday 7:30pm premiere, please visit: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=_1akaUVSkRY&ab_channel=OperaTheaterofYal…

For the Sunday 2:00pm premiere, please visit: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=FAW-d67JPaA&ab_channel=OperaTheaterofYal…


Soprano / Spirit
Weston Kerekes
Bass / Sailor
Zach Smith

Production Team

Musical Director
Musical Director