#FridayFive: Early Music Vancouver presents Purcell’s Dido and Aeneas
#FridayFive: Early Music Vancouver presents Purcell’s Dido and Aeneas

The Vancouver Early Music Festival is one of the largest festivals of its type in North America and runs over three weeks in the summer each year. This year the festival focuses on music written for and about great Queens in history, and will include a performance of one of the best-loved and well-known of all English operas, Henry Purcell’s Dido and Aeneas.

Here are five reasons we think you should go:

1. This is the first time in their 45-year history that Early Music Vancouver will have presented Purcell’s iconic masterpiece.

2. The performance will feature a harpsichord created by internationally known, local instrument craftsman, Craig Tomlinson. Painted on the lid of the harpsichord is a depiction of the final scene from Dido and Aeneas (image above), the only of its kind in the world.

3. Acclaimed Toronto-based soprano, Monica Whicher will play the fated Queen Dido. Whicher has given several critically acclaimed performances in the role.

4. The supporting vocalists of Dido and Aeneas hail from around the world and include, GRAMMY-Award winning, Reginald L. Mobley and renowned English tenor Charles Daniels.

5. The concert will be led by Alexander Weimann. The GRAMMY and JUNO Award winner is acknowledged across Canada and worldwide as one of the greatest ensemble directors, soloists, and chamber music partners of his generation.

Dido and Aeneas plays as part of the Early Music Vancouver Summer Festival on July 30 at the Chan Centre (6265 Crescent Rd, Vancouver). Visit http://chancentre.com for tickets and information.