Queen Dido of Carthage is forsaken by her love, the Trojan Prince Aeneas, when he is reminded of his duty to establish a new city in Italy. From its origins in Greco-Roman myth, through Virgil’s epic poem, to Henry Purcell’s opera, the story of Dido and Aeneas, with its themes of love versus duty and the obligations to self versus leadership, has resonated through millennia. Our panelists will discuss the story of Dido and Aeneas in its incarnations in literature, music, and dance and will consider its relevance today. Moderated by Sonja Kuftinec and featuring panelists Provost Karen Hanson and Professors Nita Krevans and Kelley Harness. This is event is part of the Institute for Advanced Study's Thursdays at Four series.
This discussion takes place one week prior to Mark Morris Dance Group’s performance of Dido and Aeneas at Northrop on March 30 with live orchestra, chorus, and soloists, conducted by Mark Morris.