The operas heard tonight were all written and composed in the 17th Century and based on Classical themes and stories from Roman Antiquity. Purcell's "Dido and Aeneas" is modeled on the episode from Virgil's epic "the Aeneid", and Blow's "Venus and Adonis" is based on Ovid's "Metamorphoses," Book X. Monteverdi's "Coronation of Poppea" is based on the historical writings by Tacitus and others, which tells the story of Poppaea, mistress to Emperor Nero (Nerone), and her ascendance to the title of Empress of Rome.
The first half was programmed by Katie Salmon, second half by Zoe Harris
NYC-based noise/no wave bands White Suns and Bob Crusoe played a set each on this edition of Live Constructions. Both groups will be playing at the Ding Dong Lounge (929 Columbus Ave., between 105th & 106th St.).
on January 21st. More information about the show can be found at: http://www.dingdonglounge.com/