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Dido and Aeneas will be performed on June 7 at the Connecticut Early Music Festival. This will fund a second performance on June 8.
Dido and Aeneas will be performed on June 7 at the Connecticut Early Music Festival. This will fund a second performance on June 8.
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The Connecticut Early Music Festival has a fantastic lineup this year, and among its offerings will be a fully-staged production of Purcell's tragic opera Dido and Aeneas, starring mezzo-soprano Krista River and baritone Jesse Blumberg, with a new prologue conceived by stage director Jason McStoots. The festival's budget allows this production to be performed only once, on June 7. But $5,750 more will allow a second performance on June 8, so that it can be seen and heard by an additional 350 people. This campaign is simply about extending the reach of the festival and its artists.

When CEMF produced Mozart's Abduction from the Seraglio in 2012, it was the company's most expensive production in its thirty-year history. It was a rousing success (read a review here: http://www.theday.com/article/20120624/ENT10/120629842/1070/OP04 ), and what the cast most regretted was not being able to share it with more people. This campaign will allow the Festival to avoid this problem, doubling the opera's audience. 

Risks and challenges

The risks of this project are few: our opera production will be funded, and there will be at least one performance of the work. The amount of money, work, and dedication that goes into such a production makes a second performance highly desirable, but just barely beyond the reach of the CEMF budget for 2014.

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