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Tuesday, December 3, 2019 at 8:00pm
Antiquity and modernity meet in musical dialogue in the premier of Queen of Carthage, an opera-oratorio by composer Ellie Cherry scored for orchestra, choir, and solo vocals. A setting of the fourth book of Vergil’s Aeneid in the original Latin, Cherry’s composition narrates the later life and death of Queen Dido, incorporating elements of ancient Greek and Roman music in a sonic commentary that highlights, questions, and interprets events in Vergil’s text that are socially relevant today. The Cornell production features soprano Lucy Fitz Gibbon singing the lead role of Dido.