The Stafford Opera Troupe staged a public performance of Henry Purcell's “Dido and Aeneas” at the culmination of the three-week 2017 Summer Opera Program, at Mountain View High School on Aug. 4.

Mentored by the faculty and with support of peer mentors at the second annual program, participants presented the Baroque opera about the Trojan hero Aeneas and his lover Dido, queen of Carthage.

The production, under the co-direction of Bree Nichols and Corinn Keene, included the following.

Principal cast:

Dido ... Rachel Eve Holmes, soprano

Aeneas ... Trevor White, tenor

Belinda ... Zarah Brock, soprano

Belinda (cover/First Woman) ... Monica Slater, soprano

Second Woman ... Kathleen Lilly, soprano

Act I Sorcerer ... Corinn Keene, soprano

Act III Sorceress ... Laura Watson, soprano

First Witch ... Cathryn Brooks, soprano

Second Witch ... Synit Zecarias, soprano

Spirit ... JP Gorski, baritone

First Sailor ... Max Nicholson, tenor

Intermezzo soloists:

Gyuyeon Shim, soprano

Star Spann, soprano

Kali McPherson, soprano

Dylan Miles, baritone


Emily Dalton, soprano

Megan Hellmann, mezzo-soprano

Charlotte Ann Gannon, soprano

Jackson Miles, baritone

Talitha Muggeridge, soprano

Kayla Rush, soprano

Daniel Schaub, baritone


Madelyn Counsell

Grace Mayer


Oleg Bellini, collaborative pianist

Alexis Garvey, cellist

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