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Baroque opera rocks

Dido and Aeneas want to fall in love, but fate gets in the way.

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Dani Ehrlich does not generally follow the beaten path to artistic expression. He fervently believes that works of art should feed off, and reflect, the contemporary zeitgeist.

That mind-set will come through loud and strong next Thursday (February 20, 6 and 8 p.m.) when he oversees two performances of the opera Dido and Aeneas, based on the music of English baroque composer Henry Purcell to a libretto by Irish-born, Englishresident Nahum Tate. The shows will take place at the Rubin Academy of Music and Dance, at the Hebrew University’s Givat Ram campus, with the members of both casts comprising students from the Department of Vocal Music, the Faculty of Performance and the Conducting Department. David Shemer is responsible for maintaining the venture’s musical direction.

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