arts humanities and social sciences theatre Dido and Aeneas Directed By: Karen Baker Musical Direction By: Maya Osuga Conducted By: Matthew Carey Presented By: The Department of Music and the UAH Theatre Program PROGRAM Dido, the queen of Carthage, had determined to never remarry after the death of her husband. She is now tormented by her attraction to their Trojan guest, Aeneas. Belinda, her sister and attendant urges that uniting their two kingdoms would benefit both. Aeneas arrives and convinces Dido of his love, and she accepts him. A sorceress and her witches plot the downfall of Dido. They will conjure a storm and then send an elf, disguised as Mercury, to remind Aeneas that the Gods have decreed his duty is to set sail for Italy. She confronts Aeneas over his unforgivable betrayal of their love. Though he vows to stay, she orders him away. Knowing she must die at his leaving, she asks that she be remembered well.