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Princeton University Opera Theater Present Two English Operas January 9 & 10

The Princeton University Opera Theater presents Henry Purcell's Dido and Aeneas and Jonathan Dove's Tobias and the Angel on Friday, January 9 & Saturday, January 10, 2015 at 7:30PM in Richardson Auditorium in Alexander Hall. This production brings two great English operas - one the first great work of the genre, and the other among the most recent - to the Princeton stage this coming new year. Henry Purcell's Dido and Aeneas is one of the most enduring operatic works of all time, retelling Virgil's heartbreaking story of the proud Queen of Carthage, impervious to love, who falls for Aeneas, the escaped hero of Troy - only to be thwarted, fatally so, by Aeneas' piety and a Sorceress' cruelty. Jonathan Dove's Tobias and the Angel is a rarely performed work, but conductor Gabriel Crouch is sure that it will be a hit with the Princeton audience: "We have all fallen in love with this work; it has everything you could want from a great opera - love, death, melodrama, redemption... and phenomenally good music and melody!" The libretto is taken from the Book of Tobit: Tobias, the son of the recently blinded author, is sent by his father on a journey to settle an old debt, and on the way he encounters love and perilous danger (sometimes concurrently!) while guided by the enigmatic Archangel Raphael.

Joining the cast of Princeton students will be guest baritone Jacob Kinderman, as Tobit, and members of the Princeton Girlchoir and American Boychoir as the children's chorus.  The production is directed by David Kellett and conducted by Gabriel Crouch, with choreography provided by Carlos Fittante.

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