Stephanie Blythe will take a very different stage on Friday, February 24, as Opera Philadelphia hosts an impressive, one-of-a-kind drag performance starring the renowned mezzo-soprano alongside the world’s tallest and hairiest drag queen Dito van Reigersberg as Martha Graham Cracker. Dito & Aeneas: Two Queens, One Night is a concert and dance party taking place at 9:30 p.m. at the Theatre of Living Arts, a classic rock venue located at 334 South Street in Philadelphia.
“I have done a good deal of crossover music, but never anything quite like this,” Blythe said. “This evening is about making dreams become reality, of crossing over many kinds of boundaries to experience pure joy, love, positivity, and wonderful energy. I have been an admirer of Martha Graham Cracker for a long time, and to share the stage with her is truly a dream come true. She and Dito make me feel like an invincible force onstage, because that is what Martha is — she shares that generosity of spirit with every audience member, and I love being a recipient too.”
“I am truly honored and humbled to be performing alongside opera legend Stephanie Blythe,” said Martha Graham Cracker. “She and I have a similar mischievous streak and I think that has been serving us well as we craft this wild and woolly piece. Dito & Aeneas is a piece that will transcend the strict genre and gender boundaries of opera and rock ‘n’ roll. Armed with the crafty skills of director John Jarboe and music director Daniel Kazemi, we have forged some joyous and unpredictable musical mashups — I can promise intense silliness. That said, I think there may also be moments of true pathos and melodious beauty.”
The show is written and directed by John Jarboe from Bearded Ladies Cabaret. The performance will be a cabaret style mash-up of opera, classical music, and pop, with sing-along aspects. Ms. Blythe’s costumes will be created by Machine Dazzle, whose elaborate designs for Taylor Mac’s acclaimed 2016 show A 24-Decade History of Popular Music were described as “a spectacle” by NPR and “gaudy, glittery, and gorgeously subversive” by The New York Times.
Kingly and queenly attire is encouraged (and open to interpretation)! Tickets are now available at operaphila.org/queens.