"Thy hand, Belinda..."

This fall marks the return of the Harvard Early Music Society, Harvard's premier outlet for the celebration and performance of music and dance in the Baroque tradition. After a brief hiatus, HEMS has brought together a production team of undergraduates and theater professionals to stage Henry Purcell's 1688 masterwork Dido and Aeneas.

 

Based on Book IV of Virgil's Roman epic The Aeneid, Purcell's opera — with a libretto by Nahum Tate — relates the ill-fated romance of Dido, Queen of Carthage, and Aeneas, a soldier fleeing the wreckage of Troy to found the city of Rome. Dido and Aeneas not only occupies an iconic position in world literature, but it also remains among the most enduring and cherished works in the history of classical music. The opera's hallmark aria, "When I am laid in earth," also known as Dido's lament, is still considered one of classical music's most brilliant marriages of musical form and visceral emotional intensity.

 

Audition information

 

Dates, Times, and Locations

Tuesday, September 3 from 6:00-9:00 p.m. in the Horner Room of the Agassiz Theatre, Harvard University.

Wednesday, September 4 from 6:00-9:00 p.m. in the Horner Room of the Agassiz Theatre, Harvard University.

Wednesday, September 4 from 9:00-12:00 a.m. in the Horner Room of the Agassiz Theatre, Harvard University.

Thursday, September 5 from 9:00-12:00 a.m. in the Horner Room of the Agassiz Theatre, Harvard University.

 

Requirements

For the audition, please prepare two contrasting arias, with at least one in English. All auditions will be conducted on a first-come, first-served basis, and each audition will last at most 10-15 minutes. Please send a CV and head shot to HemsDido@gmail.com.

 

Auditions will be held in the Horner Room of the Agassiz Theatre on the campus of Harvard University. The Agassiz Theatre is located in the Radcliffe Quadrangle, which can be entered on Garden Street. Please visit http://map.harvard.edu/ or http://www.ofa.fas.harvard.edu/theater/agassiz.php for directions.

 

Contact

Email us at HarvardEarlyMusicSociety@gmail.com or HemsDido@gmail.com