Dido and Aeneas (1688)

Music by Henry Purcell

Libretto by Nahum Tate

HEMS' performance of Purcell's only true opera was assisted by a professional choreographer, Kurt Douglas, and our resident orchestra director, Robert Mealy.



Dido: Melynda Davis

Belinda: Jendi Thorday

Second Woman: Amy Cowan

Aeneas: Alexander Taussig

Sorceress: Susan Long

First Witch: Meredith Schweig

Spirit: April James

First Sailor: Brendan Bujold

Chorus: Deborah Abel, Brendan Bujold, Amy Cowan, Miranda Dugi, Lied Eckblad, Anna Engstrom, Matthew Leese, Jacob Marrow, David Murray, Scott Wilkens

Dancers: Brian Devine, Alana Gluck, Susan Graham, Kristen Griffith, Vanessa Gutierrez, Chad Ritler, Josh Shultes, Jill St. Germain



Stage Director: John Driscoll

Music Direector: Matthew Burt

Orchestral Director: Robert Mealy

Choreographer: Kurt Douglas

Producer: Annalise Nelson

Stage Manager: Marisa Green

Assistant Stage Manager: Alice Fishburn

Set Designer: Nithya Raman

Light Operator: Adams Robbins

Costume Designers: Kat Naessens, Khalda Ibrahim, Rachel Eisenhaure

House Manager: Dolores Zdancewicz

Ticket Manager: Aaron Griffith

Poster Design: Cody Carvel



Harpsichord: Matthew Burt, Murray Somerville

Organ: Moira Hill

Gamba: Justin Haynes

Cello: Kate Bennett

Theorbo & Baroque Guitar: Sergio Graciano

Violin: Robert Mealy, Sarah Darling, Brian Lee, Gail Pkorney, Allyson Spence, Becky Tinio, Lauren Wiggins

Viola: Sarah Darling, Aara Edwards, Jennie Johnson

Cello: Seth Ament, Phil Song

Percussion: Dolores Zdancewicz