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May 2010 - Music Fit For A Queen

A celebration of English opera and light opera, which will include a fully staged performance of Purcell's Dido and Aeneas, still one of the most frequently performed of all English operas, which tells of the doomed love of Dido, Queen of Carthage, and Aeneas, Prince of Troy, whose destiny is to found an empire, not in Carthage, but in Italy.

Other items making up the evening will be semi-staged and will begin with the delightful Choral Dances from Benjamin Britten's Gloriana. In the opera itself, these accompany a Masque performed to honour the visit of Queen Elizabeth I to Norwich.

Items from Edward German's Merrie England complete the programme. Also set in the reign of Elizabeth I, Merrie England tells of the courtship of Sir Walter Raleigh and his future wife, Bessie Throckmorton. Queen Elizabeth and the Earl of Essex also feature in the opera, which includes well- known items such as O peaceful England, Dan Cupid hath a garden and The Yeomen of England.

Click here for pictures from our previous production

The production will take place at the Joseph Rowntree Theatre, York, on Thursday (13th), Friday (14th) and Saturday (15th) May 2010.