This photo provided by Death of Classical, LLC shows a scene from a dress rehearsal of Purcell's opera "Dido and Aeneas" to be performed in the catacombs of Brooklyn's Green-Wood Cemetery. Pictured from left to right are Brooke Larimer as Anna, Daniela Mack as Dido and Molly Quinn as Belinda. (Kevin Condon/Death of Classical, LLC via AP)

Purcell opera performed in cemetery catacombs

June 04, 2019 - 9:10 am

NEW YORK (AP) — The catacombs of a cemetery might not seem like a good place to stage an opera, but for mezzo-soprano Daniela Mack it's "awesome."

Mack will be starring in a production of Henry Purcell's "Dido and Aeneas" set to be performed this week in Brooklyn's historic Green-Wood Cemetery.

Though the space inside the 160-foot-long tunnel is cramped, Mack said the acoustics are so good "you can give a lot and it sounds huge and lush or give nothing and people still get it."

Producer Andrew Ousley is presenting the opera as part of a series of concerts in the cemetery, which was founded in 1838 and is now a National Historic Landmark.

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