Dido and Aeneas

by Henry Purcell
April 2004

Dido Poster

Nina Scott-Stoddart (Dido and Sorceress)
Alexa Wing (Belinda)
Jason Parkhill (Aeneas)
Mary Knickle (Second Woman/First Witch/Spirit)
Jennah Barry (Second Witch)
Christian Heyne (Sailor)

with the MCO Chorus
and the Halifax Baroque Ensemble under the direction of Dr. David Wilson

Alexa and Heather
Alexa Wing and Heather Brill rehearsing

Dido soloists
Mary Knickle, Lisa Jorgensen and Jennah Barry

Our Cast
Nina  Scott-Stoddart Nina Scott-Stoddart (Dido and Sorceress), contralto, is a Calgary native who moved to Lunenburg from Toronto in 2002. Nina has sung with many orchestras and opera companies, including Tafelmusik,
Opera Atelier, Opera Maine, Toronto Operetta Theatre and the International Chamber Music Festival in New Zealand. She looks forward to her debut later this year as the Duchess of Plaza Toro in The Gondoliers with the Gilbert and Sullivan Society! Nina has been recorded on the Naxos label and has been broadcast coast to coast on CBC Radio.
Baritone Jason Parkhill (Aeneas) has been working as a professional opera singer since his 1996 debut with the Connecticut Opera as Marquis D’Obigny in La Traviata.
Jason has also performed as a featured soloist with groups in Nova Scotia including Symphony Nova Scotia, Nova Sinfonia, Scotia Concert Opera, Seton Cantata Choir, Chebucto Symphony, Gilbert & Sullivan Society, Dalhousie Opera Theatre and the Walter Kemp Singers. He is a member of the voice faculty of the MCPA. studied as an undergraduate music student at Dalhousie University. Jason is also the co-founder and Music Director of the Nova Scotia Opera Association.
Sarnia, Ontario-born soprano, Alexa Wing (Belinda), has just returned from an audition tour of Germany. She is an accomplished oratorio and concert performer, having made her British recital debut in 1997,
followed by solo appearances with the Toronto Symphony, Windsor Symphony, London Fanshawe Symphonic Chorus, as well as the Aradia Baroque Ensemble.
As a returning guest artist with Toronto’s Opera Anonymous, Ms Wing has appeared as Lucia and Female Chrous in Britten’s The Rape of Lucretia, and Amelia in Menotti’s Amelia goes to the ball. Ms. Wing has performed under the baton of conductors Mario Bernardi, Mariss Jansons, Elmer Iseler, and Daniel Lipton. She is a frequent recitalist in repertoire ranging from Bach to Alban Berg.
Mary Knickle (Second Woman/First Witch), soprano. Born in Lunenburg, Nova Scotia, Mary grew up singing traditional East Coast songs and listening to stories of the local fishermen.
She graduated from Acadia University with a music degree and subsequently studied music and theatre in New York and Toronto. Mary is a Celtic singer and songwriter of great conviction, and is well-known for the passion she brings to her music. This is her second appearance with MCO.
Tenor Christian Heyne (Sailor) grew up in a very musical family in his native Germany. He sang with the Bergedorfer Kammerchor before moving to Canada. He now lives in Rose Bay,
and has appeared with the Lunenburg Chorale, and other local groups. This is his debut with MCO.

Jennah Barry (Second Witch)

Lisa Jorgensen (Spirit)

Chorus: Marie Hogan Loker, Leslee Barry, Mary Knickle, Meghan Fischback, Lisa Jorgensen, Jennah Barry, Christian Heyne, Christopher Snarby, David Robinson

Chorus master: Heather Eisener