Photo courtesy of Green-Wood Cemetery.

Henry Purcell wrote Dido & Aeneas in 1680, but this tragic meditation on destiny, love, and death resonates just as powerfully today. Director Alek Shrader interweaves excerpts from Christopher Marlowe’s play based on the same story, infusing a sense of agency and dignity back to the character of the wounded queen, and the terrible decision she faces when abandoned by the love of her life. The production features opera stars Daniela Mack as Dido and Christopher Herbert as Aeneas, alongside a cast of accomplished singers and instrumentalists.