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David Morelock says "so long" with final opera production

Loyola press release - April 20, 2009

Loyola Opera Theatre will bid farewell to director David Morelock who is retiring this semester after 13 years of service. The production of Henry Purcell’s “Dido and Aeneas,” the English three-act tragic drama based on Virgil’s “Aeneid,” will serve as Morelock’s last performance as opera director at Loyola.

Loyola Opera Theatre’s production of “Dido and Aeneas” will transport the audience back to the time of the Trojans by telling the story of Dido, the legendary queen of Carthage, and Aeneas, a prince of Troy. When Troy fell, Aeneas left with his followers in seven ships. He became shipwrecked on the shores of the African city of Carthage, ruled by Queen Dido. Dido and Aeneas fell deeply in love, but the gods called Aeneas away to fulfill his destiny in Italy. Dido was left heartbroken and in her despair, built a funeral pyre where she committed suicide.

Morelock and music director Carol Rausch will lead the cast and live orchestra in a single production on Monday, April 27, at 7:30 p.m. in Dixon Court, located in front of the Communications/Music Complex, on the corner of St. Charles and Calhoun Streets. The performance is free and open to the public.

Since arriving in New Orleans, Morelock has been a prolific opera director. He has led more than 50 productions for the New Orleans Opera Association in addition to numerous projects for Loyola. He has conducted masterclasses and directed both local and international productions in Canada, Israel, Mexico and the Netherlands.

He also has tirelessly served the students of Loyola’s opera program offering them guidance and leadership during their time of study.

“Morelock has brought to the Loyola Opera program his own uncompromising sense of professionalism and our students have benefited,” says Philip Frohnmayer, professor of voice. “His unwavering demand for excellence in our students has equipped them for graduate study and professional careers.”

For more information, contact Sean Snyder in Loyola’s Office of Public Affairs at smsnyder@loyno.edu or call 504-861-5882.