‘Dido and Aeneas’ opera hits C of I stage Feb. 18

Take a love story and great music, add some witches and tragedy, and you have The College of Idaho Music Department’s opera performance of Henry Purcell’ Dido and Aeneas. The Baroque opera, based loosely on Virgil’s epic work, The Aeneid, will show at 7:30 p.m. nightly in the Langroise Recital Hall from Feb. 18-20 (Thursday through Saturday), with a special matinee performance at 2 p.m. Sunday, Feb. 21.

Ticket prices are $10 for adults and $7 for senior citizens and students. C of I students are admitted free, while C of I staff and faculty receive two complimentary tickets. The box office opens one hour prior to performances. For ticket reservations and information, call (208) 459-5249.

C of I students Megan Croft and Emily Peters alternate in the role of Dido, the Queen of Carthage, who falls in love with the recently shipwrecked Trojan Prince Aeneas, played by junior Jack Morrow. But during this romance, evil witches plot the destruction of Dido. Will the romance last? Will the witches be defeated or triumph? Only opera goers get to find out.

So come enjoy this outstanding show, put on by students from all corners of the C of I campus—freshmen, seniors, biology majors and music students—who have come together to share their passion for song.

“I think it’s a really cool experience to come together with all these people who are interested in creating music,” Morrow said. “I think that’s a great aspect of C of I. It could be anything—whether choir, sports, or a project in biology—you can just see that community.”

The cast also includes students Alethea Ruddy, Ha Dang, Maggie Tolman, Abigail Haas, Hannah Sorenson, Mariah Hudson, Caitlin Fellows, Elijah Rolapp, Kylee Greer, Megan French, Lainey Reay and Lorena Rebon Rincon.

The opera is accompanied by the C of I string quartet which includes Miranda Tang, Haden Duncan, Courtney Kelley, and Tasha Sitz. The music director and conductor for the opera is Professor Andrew Gades, while Professor Mari Jo Tynon is the artistic and stage director.

The College of Idaho has a 125-year-old legacy of excellence. The C of I is known for its outstanding academic programs, winning athletics tradition and history of producing successful graduates, including seven Rhodes Scholars, three governors, four NFL players and countless business leaders and innovators. Its distinctive PEAK Curriculum challenges students to attain competency in the four knowledge peaks of humanities, natural sciences, social sciences and a professional field—empowering them to earn a major and three minors in four years. The College’s close-knit, residential campus is located in Caldwell, where its proximity both to Boise and to the world-class outdoor activities of southwest Idaho’s mountains and rivers offers unique opportunities for learning beyond the classroom.  For more information, visit