Island University Presents Two Operas - 'Dido and Aeneas' and 'The Impresario'

Published: April 02, 2014

Island University Presents Two Operas - 'Dido and Aeneas' and 'The Impresario'

CORPUS CHRISTI, Texas – The Department of Music at Texas A&M University–Corpus Christi will be hosting its Spring Opera on April 3, and April 4, at 7:30 p.m. in the Performing Arts Center. The event is a production of two separate works, “Dido and Aeneas” and “The Impresario.”  

Tickets are $10 for adults and $5 for students, military, and seniors. Tickets can be purchased by cash or check in the PAC lobby area prior to the performance. For more information, contact Olivia Ross at (361) 825-3756.

The first part, “Dido and Aeneas,” is an opera comprised of a prologue and three acts that was written by the English composer Henry Purcell and first performed in 1688. The Department of Music has adapted their production to take place in modern times, and to be topical in today’s society. After his platoon is ambushed, a wounded American soldier, Aeneas, is saved by Dido, a Pashtunwali Muslim. This tale of lovers at odds is one that is familiar in cultures around the world, but this contemporary adaptation not only offers a new view on the tale, but features the incredible talent of University students Michelle Villarreal, John Washington, Anna Evon and more.

The second half of the Spring Opera, “The Impresario,” was originally written by Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart as an entry in a musical competition in 1786. A shorter, comedic production, “The Impresario” is the story of Frank, an entrepreneur, who is tasked with putting together a company of actors and singers while juggling the personal, artistic and financial problems that come with such a task. Frank Garcia leads the slightly smaller cast alongside John Washington, James Dickens, Madeline Bryce and Janell Stallard.

The Spring Opera is directed by Professional Assistant Professor of Voice, Opera, and Music History Dr. Marc Reynolds. Reynolds received his Doctor of Musical Arts degree from the University of Texas at Austin with emphasis on Opera Directing.