What would an English major's collegiate career be without Virgil? What would an all-nighter be without the Aeneid , that great Latin epic poem on the ill-fated Queen Dido of Carthage and Trojan prince Aenas? The poem was penned in an effort to outshine Homer-but ended up cursing academics aplenty. Based on the Aenid , English Baroque composer Henry Purcell's Dido & Aeneas is considered to be the first great opera in the English language. Mark Morris, one of New York's most sought-after opera directors, has joined forces with the Barclay Theatre, Pacific Symphony and the Philharmonic Society of Orange County to bring us this fresh approach to a Baroque masterwork.
April 16-26, 8 p.m.; Tue., April 22, 8 p.m.; Sun., April 27, 4 p.m., 2008