photo of Dido and Aeneas rehearsal

Opera students rehearse for their performance of “Dido and Aeneas.”

The Temple College Music Department will present “Dido and Aeneas” Friday, Nov. 17, and Saturday, Nov. 18, at 7:30 p.m. in the Jackson-Graeter Backstage Theatre.

Written in 1689 by Henry Purcell, “Dido and Aeneas” is considered one of the best examples of opera from the Baroque period. The opera is the tragic story of Dido, Queen of Carthage, and her ill-fated love affair with Aeneas, a Trojan leader whom she marries but their love is torn apart by an evil sorceress who tricks Aeneas into leaving Carthage for an expedition to Italy. The rejected Dido dies of a broken heart and Fate has completed the tragedy.

The Temple College production will be set in Medieval/Renaissance times and will feature a string quartet and harpsichord accompaniment. The lead roles will be played by Hannah Gilmore (Dido) and Juvencio Cruz (Aeneas).

“This is the first full opera production that Temple College has done in at least 10 years, so we are very excited,” said Teri Johnson, who directs the Opera in a Box productions.

The concert is $5 for adults and free for students and children. Tickets may be purchased at the door, or at the Temple College Division of Fine Arts. All proceeds will help fund scholarships for Temple College music majors.

The Backstage Theatre is located in the Mary Alice Marshall Performing Arts Center. For more information on this concert and upcoming college music events, call the Temple College Fine Arts Division office at 254-298-8555 or visit