Witches, Trojan soldiers and a heart-broken queen will soon come together to deliver English composer Henry Purcell's famous opera, "Dido and Aeneas."
The tragic love story is the only true opera written by Purcell and is considered one of the finest ever written in English.
"The opera is unique because of the combination of music and text," said Fort Hays State University instructor of music and opera director Joseph Perniciaro. "Purcell is a master of setting the inflection of the language that brings out the meaning of the text. It's more than a pretty melody; the words are reflected in the music."
The performance features a cast of nine lead singers, a large female chorus and a full orchestra. Cast members are a combination of students, members of the faculty and members of the community.
"It's a true ensemble work. All of the roles are important, including that of the chorus," said Perniciaro.
"Dido and Aeneas" shows at 8 p.m. Friday, Jan. 27, and Saturday, Jan. 28, and at 3 p.m. Sunday, Jan. 29, in Malloy Hall's Felten-Start Theatre on the FHSU campus.
Admission is $6 for the public and $4 for FHSU students. For more information contact FHSU's Department of Music at (785)628-5364.