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Dido & Belinda
Collaboration with OperaQ

Saturday May 4 2019 7:30pm
Sunday May 5 2019 7:30pm
Trinity College Chapel

Tickets $20 regular, $10 students & arts workers 

Dido & Belinda offers a new perspective on Purcell’s beloved opera, Dido and Aeneas.  With the addition of narration from the point of view of Dido’s closest confidante, Belinda, this staged production will emphasize many of the themes already found in the original libretto: the shame surrounding feminine sexuality, the blindness of male privilege, and the societal pressure to conform to gender roles. By casting singers of diverse genders in the leading roles, against expectations of standard gendered casting, Dido & Belinda will challenge audiences to rethink the relationships between bodies and genders which are so often taken for granted.

OperaQ is a Toronto-based independent opera company dedicated to amplifying queer and trans voices to offer new perspectives on traditional narratives.  Although the opera industry involves countless queer artists, opportunities for authentic and complex expressions of queerness are few and far between.  OperaQ’s mission is to create a space in which queer and trans artists can tell their stories on their own terms, an opportunity which is largely missing from the operatic canon.

Jordan Vincer - Stage Manager 

Madison Angus - Stage Director

Camille Rogers - Aeneas; Co-Director, OperaQ

Ryan McDonald - Dido; Co-Director, OperaQ

Becky Genge - Belinda

Korin Thomas-Smith - Sorceress

Sinead White - Soprano Chorus

Emily Wang - 2nd Woman; Soprano Chorus

Rebecca Gray - First Witch

Ellen McAteer - Spirit; Soprano Chorus

Rachel Miller - Alto Chorus

Victoria Marshall - Alto Chorus

Daevyd Pepper - Second Witch; Tenor Chorus

David Walsh - Sailor; Tenor Chorus

Gavin Fraser - Bass Chorus

Dan Bevan-Baker - Bass Chorus

Molly Evans - Violin I; General Manager, Cor Unum Ensemble

Kailey Richards - Violin II

Vijay Chalasani - Viola

Joel Tangjerd - Cello

Jonathan Stuchbery - Theorbo

Louise Hung - Harpsichord

Ruth Denton - Oboe; Artistic Director, Cor Unum Ensemble

Ondrej Golias - Bassoon; Librarian, Cor Unum Ensemble