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THE BANFF SCHOOL OF FINE ARTS Presents ^^Dido And Aeneas^^ AN OPERA IN THREE ACTS BY HENRY PURCELL UNDER THE DIRECTION OF ERNESTO VINCI ROYAL CONSERVATORY OF MUSIC, TORONTO BANFF SCHOOL AUDITORIUM FRIDAY and SATURDAY Angnst 1st and 2nd, 1952

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  • T H E B A N F F SCHOOL OF F I N E ARTS

    Presents

    ^^Dido And Aeneas^^

    A N OPERA I N T H R E E ACTS B Y

    H E N R Y P U R C E L L

    U N D E R T H E D I R E C T I O N OF

    E R N E S T O V I N C I R O Y A L CONSERVATORY OF MUSIC,

    TORONTO

    B A N F F SCHOOL A U D I T O R I U M

    F R I D A Y and S A T U R D A Y Angnst 1st and 2 n d , 1952

  • " D I D O and A E N E A S "

    Act I SCENE—The Palace Enter Dido, Belinda

    and Second W o m a n

    Act I I SCENE—The Grove Enter Aeneas, Dido

    Belinda and Second W o m a n

    Act I I I SCENE—The Ships.

    Excerpts f rom the Opera " M A R T H A "

    By FRIEDRICH VON FLOTOW

    Jeannine Perron, Montreal , Que. Soprano Helen Spicer, Toronto, Ont Contralto M i l t o n Jir icka, Saskatoon ,Sask Tenor George Andrinovich , Oshawa, O n t Baritone Narrator Anna M a y Sheinin, Calgary, A l t a .

  • DRAMATIS PERSONAE Dido, or Elissa, Queen of Carthage Audrey Goldner,

    Stratford, Ont. Belinda, a lady-in-waiting .... Jeannine Perron, Montreal,

    Que. Second Woman Constance McEwen, Weston, Ont. Sorceress Helen Spicer, Toronto, Ont First Witch Arlene Meadows, Calgary, Alta. Second Witch Kathryn Buchanan, Edmonton, Alta. Spirit Dell Whitney, High River, Alta. Aeneas, A Trojan Prince .... Milton Jiricka, Saskatoon, Sask. A sailor Gary Miller, Calgary, Alta.

    Members of the Chorus George Andrinovitch, Oshawa, Ont; Victor Harbidge, Cal-gary; Judith Beale, Raven, Alta.; Lorna Brown, Eastend, Sask.; Ellen Coxworth, Saskatoon, Sask.; Coralie Dingle, Calgary, Alta.; Thelma Falk, Saskatoon, Sask.; Anne Har-rington, Regina, Sask.; Ruth Hewitt, Vancouver, BC; Alice Kays, Potsdam, N.Y.; Kay Konkin, Calgary, Alta.; Brock McElheran, Potsdam, N.Y.; Mildred McTavish, Windsor, Ont.; Helen Mysak, Edmonton, Alta.; Rodger Nerby, Tor-onto, Ont.; Jean Smith, Edmonton, Alta; Eileen Small, Trail, BC; Joan Taylor, Calgary, Alta.; Jean Ure, Hdmon-ton, Alta.

    CHORUS DIDECTOR: Brock McElheran STAGE DIRECTOR: Leona F. Paterson DANCE DIRECTOR: Gweneth Lloyd

    DANCES DANCE OF THE WOMEN

    Charlotte Wright, Trail, BC; Joan Roberts, Calgary, Alta.. Marilyn Young, Winnipeg, Man.; Marie Maggiora, Victoria, BC; Dorothy Longden, Kelowna, B.C.; Irene vonRosenbach, Vancouver, BC

    DANCE OF THE FURIES Ruth Carse Toronto, Ont.; Aida Alberts, Vancouver, B.C.; Shirley Whittet, Saskatoon, Sask.; Lois Dyer, South Burn-aby, BC

    DANCE OF THE SAILORS Roger Fisher, Sterling, Alta.; Charles Kehoe, Edmonton, Alta.

    ORCHESTRA Under the direction of Mr. Clayton Hare, Calgary

    FIRST VIOLINS: Dorothy Overholt, Saskatoon, Concertmistress. Gordon Cool, Calgary; Kenneth Perkins, Calgary; Lois MacDonald, Cal-gary; Elizabeth Rogoman, Saskatoon; Frances MacDonald, Calgary. SECOND VIOLINS: Basil Phillips, Charlottetown, P.E.I ; Merton Baptist, Cal-gary; Gordon Whiting, Minneapolis, Minn.; Jack Dickson, Calgary; Laura Lee Bostwick, California. VIOLAS: Eleanor Duckworth, Halifax; Millicent Stanford, Calgary. CELLO: Allen Duncan, Calgary; Sharen Pyle, Calgary; Eleanor Sanford, Calgary; Jane Anne Robinson, Calgary. PIANO: Mary Lou Dawes, Calgary.

  • STAGING Scenic effects designed and executed by the Stagecraft class, under the direction of John A. Russell, Winnipeg , assisted by W. K. R. Sample, Saskatoon. STAGE MANAGER: Vernon Agopsowicz, Regina, Sask. L I G H T I N G : Edward Fowler, Salt Spring Is land. B C ; A^ex

    Burton, Calgary, A l t a . ; El izabeth Douglas, Hal i fax , N.S. PROPERTIES: Betty Lowden, Bancroft, Ont.

    M A K E - U P students of the Act ing 1 Class, under the direction of

    Miss Esther Nelson.

    COSTUMES BY MALABAR.

    "DIDO A N D A E N E A S " Dido and Aeneas, w h i c h was composed and per-

    formed about the year 1689, is one of the f i rs t Eng l i sh Operas. Whi l e no th ing positive is known about the details of the o r ig ina l performance, i t has been sug-gested t h a t Purcell , himself , took one of the parts ; a l though i t is more l i k e l y he directed the perform-ance at the harpsichord i n accordance w i t h the cus-tom at the t ime.

    Permission for th is performance has k i n d l y been granted by Oxford Univers i ty Press.

  • THE STORY OF THE OPERA

    ^^Dido a n d Aeneas

    Dido was the daughter of a T y r i a n k i n g . She sailed f rom Tyre to Afr ica where she b u i l t a c itadel , and around this fort the c i ty of Carthage arose-

    Dido f e l l i n love w i t h Aeneas, the Tro jan hero, w h e n he arr ived i n Afr ica on his journey to f i n d the c i ty of Rome. There was an i d y l l i c period w h i l e Aeneas was i n Carthage, but a group of ev i l sorcer-esses devised a plot to send Aeneas away. They sent a sp i r i t to i n f o r m Aeneas t h a t the gods demanded t h a t he must hasten to seek the new home w h i c h the gods had promised h i m . Aeneas complied w i t h their command and sailed away.. Dido, i n despair, de-stroyed herself on a funera l pyre.