A rare production with period instruments

Based on the classic Roman myth, John Blow’s Venus & Adonis is a passionate tale about a beautiful goddess (Venus) and a handsome hunter (Adonis). A dream that becomes a twist of fate turns this love story into one of loss.
From the story of Virgil’s Aeneid comes Henry Purcell’s opera, Dido & Aeneas. This is a classic “boy meets girl” love story about a Trojan hero (Aeneas) who flees his homeland and falls in love with the Queen of Carthage (Dido). Their love is tested when they are torn between passion and duty.

Be historically entertained

Be transported from the stresses of 21st century life. Hear Baroque opera the way it was originally heard by early audiences with an authentic Baroque chamber ensemble, led by world-renowned harpsichordist and conductor Jory Vinikour. The intimacy of the Wilson Theatre at Vogel Hall is the perfect setting to experience these masterpieces that will seduce your ears, enchant your eyes, and forever stir your soul.
General Director William Florescu stages an evening to behold with a cast led by acclaimed mezzo-soprano Sandra Piques Eddy in the role of Dido, with soprano Alisa Jordheim as Venus/Belinda, and mezzo-soprano Colleen Brooks as the sorceress.  Dani Kuepper, Choreographer and Artistic Director of Danceworks, brings fresh movement to this early operatic masterpiece. World renowned harpsichordist and conductor Jory Vinikour leads an authentic Baroque ensemble.
Runtime: 2 hours, including one 15-minute intermission

Ticket Range: $40-$115

Premium Orch E-K, Aisle Side Orch F-J $ 115.00
Center Orch L-O, Aisle Side Orch K-M, Center Front Loge A-B $ 95.00
Front Orch C-D, Side Orch C-E $ 80.00
Side Orch F-K $ 65.00
Rear Center Orch P-Q, Side Orch L-O $ 50.00
Rear Loge, Side Loge, Rear Side Orch P-R $ 40.00

Purchase tickets online,
or order by phone 1-800-32-OPERA | M-F 9am-5pm

Student and Educator discounts are available


Learn more about the production with our informative “What is Baroque?” video!

Additional support from the Gary and Cynthia Vasques Family Foundation


Performance Dates and Times

Friday, January 26, 2018 at 7:30pm
Saturday, January 27, 2018 at 7:30pm
Sunday, January 28, 2018 at 2:30pm

Performance Location

Wilson Theater at Vogel Hall, Marcus Center for the Performing Arts
123 State St., Milwaukee, WI 53202 Get Directions »


Sung in English with English supertitles projected above the stage