Binghamton University prepares for Dido and Aeneas performances

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Binghamton University voice students are getting the opportunity to perform in a full-fledged opera production this month.

Many of them returned early from Spring break this week to rehearse for 2 performances of “Dido and Aeneas,” a 17th Century baroque opera by English composer Henry Purcell.

In recent years, the university’s Music Department has begun staging opera productions to give its students more experience than a simple recital would provide.

Baritone and second-year Masters student Evan Nelson is one of 2 students singing the role of Aeneas.

He says there’s a lot of dancing and acting involved as well.

Graduate Student Evan Nelson says, “We have been working on these baroque dances since we got back for the Spring semester.  So, we’ve had a lot of time to work on how our body looks on stage and how we move through the space which is going to be really important no matter what opera you do.”

Asst. Professor of Voice Tom Goodheart says, “In this opera, we’ve found a very good opera for the singers to both act and sing very, very well.  So, we’re excited about the production.”

The production, which involves witches, sorcerers and sailors, is being double-casted, allowing for more students to sing lead roles.

Showtimes are next Friday March 29th at 7:30 and Sunday March 31st at 3 in the Anderson Center’s Chamber Hall.

There will also be an operalogue presented tomorrow evening at 7:30 at the Phelps Mansion Museum.

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