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Seton Hall's Dido and Aeneas named Top 5 Event of the Week by Star Ledger
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Dido and AeneasIn collaboration with The MidAtlantic Opera Company, Seton Hall's arts programs will co-present a fully-staged production of Henry Purcell's Dido and Aeneas. An exciting first for the University, the production, conducted and stage directed by Jason C. Tramm, will be presented over four performances at the South Orange Performing Arts Center beginning on May 1. "We are thrilled by this wonderful opportunity for our students and the collaboration with MidAtlantic Opera Company. The arts at Seton Hall are of vital import to the cultural and educational experience of every student at the university" says Professor Deirdre Yates, Chair of the Department of Communication and the Arts.  

The cast features mezzo-soprano Janara Kellerman (New Jersey Symphony Orchestra, Indianapolis Opera) as Dido, baritone Charles Schneider (Washington National Opera, The Princeton Festival) as Aeneas, and mezzo-soprano Elizabeth Grohowski (Metropolitan Opera, Lyric Opera of Chicago, San Francisco Opera) as the Sorceress. Joining the principals onstage will be students from Seton Hall University, performing all supporting roles, and Seton Hall's Chamber Choir. According to Dr. Tramm, Artistic Director of MidAtlantic Opera and Director of Choral Activities at Seton Hall, "It is exciting to present a production that combines established operatic performers with talented student artists. The result is inspirational for both and is an educational experience of the highest caliber. This production marks Seton Hall’s first fully staged operatic production in recent history and will be one to remember."

Dido and Aeneas was first performed in 1689 and premiered at Josias Priest's Boarding School for Girls in the Chelsea section of London. The story unfolds as Aeneas, the son of Venus and Anchises of Troy, flees his home after it is sacked by the Greeks. Aeneas and his crew are shipwrecked in Carthage, where the legendary Queen Dido is mourning her dead husband to whom she has sworn eternal fidelity. Dido and Aeneas meet and fall in love. But Fate has decreed that Aeneas found a new nation and he must leave the queen. Aeneas must soon leave to found Rome. Not in Virgil’s source material are the Sorceress and a coven of witches that were added by the librettist, Tate. These characters plot to cause Dido's ruin.

The Star Ledger has named Seton Hall's Dido and Aeneas a Top 5 Event of the Week »

Performances are May 1, 2, and 3 at 8 p.m. and May 4 at 2 p.m. at SOPAC, located in downtown South Orange. Admission is $25 for the general public, $15 for senior citizens and SHU alumni, $8 for Seton Hall employees and students from other universities. There is no admission for SHU students and individuals 18 and under. Tickets can be purchased online at or by calling (973) 313-2787.

For more information please contact:
Dena Levine
(973) 275-2450


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