L.A. Opera’s ‘Dido’ and ‘Bluebeard’ explore love, loss in historic performances

For those versed in opera, Los Angeles Opera’s pairing of one-acts, “Dido and Aeneas” and “Bluebeard’s Castle,” is unusual, with the shows appearing to be very different.

Henry Purcell’s 1689 piece, “Dido and Aeneas,” tells the story of how the love of Dido, the queen of Carthage, and Trojan hero Aeneas is ruined by an evil sorceress, while “Bluebeard’s Castle,” written by Bela Bartok in 1918, centers around a young bride who discovers horrible truths about her new husband. The two operas will share the Dorothy Chandler Pavilion stage in Los Angeles for six performances from Saturday through Nov. 9.

One singer being pushed is countertenor John Holiday, who plays the Sorceress in “Dido and Aeneas.” Holiday was the third-prize winner at this year’s Operalia, an international opera competition for singers ages 18-32 founded by Placido Domingo. Read More