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Mark Morris: Two Operas — An evening of Britten and Purcell at BAM

BAM - Howard Gilman Opera House

30 Lafayette Avenue Brooklyn, NY 11217

Choreographer Mark Morris, who has captivated audiences for over 35 years with his unwavering commitment to music, returns to BAM with a career-spanning double bill that perfectly embodies his trademark blend of emotion and rhythm, movement and music. First, clad in all-white, the vocalists and orchestra of the MMDG Music Ensemble unite onstage to tell Benjamin Britten’s haunting parable of maternal grief in the oft-overlooked music-drama Curlew River. Then, sweeping across the stage in jet-black sarongs, the members of Mark Morris Dance Group revive their seminal 1989 interpretation of Dido and Aeneas, Henry Purcell’s Baroque tragedy of ill-fated love, with mezzo-soprano Stephanie Blythe performing the roles of Dido and the Sorceress and Morris himself on the podium.  —BAM

Curlew River
By Benjamin Britten
MMDG Music Ensemble
Directed by Mark Morris

Dido and Aeneas
By Henry Purcell
Mark Morris Dance Group
Choreography by Mark Morris
MMDG Music Ensemble
Choreography by Mark Morris
Conducted by Mark Morris


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