2013-02-21 / On the Town

CLU presents ‘Dido and Aeneas’

California Lutheran University will present its first fully staged opera, “Dido and Aeneas,” at 8 p.m. Thurs. through Sun., Feb. 28 to March 3 in the Preus-Brandt Forum, south of Olsen Road between Mountclef Boulevard and Campus Drive on the Thousand Oaks campus.

Written by English composer Henry Purcell in 1689, the opera presents three short acts with dance numbers, arias and choruses portraying the battle between virtue and desire, power and politics, life and death.

CLU music lecturer and voice teacher Heidi Valencia Vas directs. Mother-daughter duo Elizabeth and Jessica Helms, both CLU alumnae, are the musical directors.

Admission is $10.

For more information, call the CLU theater arts department at (805) 493-3415.

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