A report on our stage performance of 'Dido and Aeneas' by Olivia R & Emily S.
On Saturday 28 June, the Junior Saint James's Singers @ The Croft and the Senior Choir performed an opera!
The evening was called 'A Night at the Opera'. It started off with some solos and duets. Some of our favourites were Gaby Christian singing 'Dove Sei', and Honor Rochford and Ellie Coldicutt singing the 'Flower Duet'. We also had the treat of one of the best opera singers in the world, Roderick Williams, coming along and singing 'Non più andrai' from the Marriage of Figaro.
After the interval, we all got in position for the main event of the night, which was a fully staged performance of 'Dido and Aeneas'. It started off really well with an amazing solo from Alice Harvey who was Belinda. We then went into the witch's cave and heard a really in-character solo from Octavia Lewis who played the Sorceress; the chorus wore witchy masks, and we crept up to the stage with clawed hands. Later in this scene, the Senior Choir went outside the theatre ready to be the echo chorus for 'In a deep vaulted cell'. The JSJS singers started first and then we did the echo - it sounded like a real echo!
Then we had a sailor's song which started off with Oliver Thomas performing a solo. There was also a great sailor's dance. An evil spirit disguised as Mercury came along to persuade Aeneas to leave Carthage and go to Italy. Aeneas obeyed this command and went to go and tell Dido he was leaving.
My favourite scene was the next part, when Aeneas, played by Joe Chamberlain, breaks the news of his departure to Dido and they have a big argument! I love this because the chords are beautiful. Then Dido, played by Mollie Smith, starts to die of a broken heart. She sang Dido's Lament and it sounded amazing. Then JSJS came and sang 'With drooping wings' whilst we scattered rose petals on her body.
All in all, it was a totally amazing night. Thank you to Mrs Bolton, Mr Harris and Mr Shortman for organising it. I would give it five stars!