Measure+Dido (2016)

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Folger Consort performed Measure+Dido on October 1, 2016 at The Eisenhower Theater in The Kennedy Center.

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Folger Consort’s anniversary season opened with a dramatic evening at the Kennedy Center featuring renowned actors Derek Jacobi and Richard Clifford. Inspired by a 1699 adaptation of Measure for Measure, or Beauty the Best Advocate by Charles Gildon staged in Restoration London, this concert paired the ravishing music of Henry Purcell’s Dido and Aeneas with timeless passages from Shakespeare’s play. With orchestra and chorus, soloists Peter Becker, Emily Noël, Molly Quinn, John Taylor Ward, and actors including Derek Jacobi, Richard Clifford, Shirine Babb, and Owiso Odera.


Folger Consort

Artistic Directors

  • Robert Eisenstein: Musician
  • Christopher Kendall: Musician

Guest Artists

  • Shirine Babb: Isabella
  • Peter Becker : Lucio/Sorcerer
  • Richard Clifford: Duke/Balthazar
  • Derek Jacobi: Angelo
  • Emily Noel: Mariana/Belinda
  • Owiso Odera: Claudio/Escalis
  • Molly Quinn: Dido
  • John Taylor Ward: Aeneas

For further information, please visit the Folger site to learn more