Dido and Aeneas
Dame Ann Murray DBE - DIDO
George Humphreys - AENEAS
Sophie Junker - BELINDA
Rupert Enticknap - SORCERESS/SPIRIT
Nicholas Scott - SAILOR
Augusta Hebbert - SECOND LADY
Martha McLorinan - SECOND WITCH
Zack Winokur - DANCER & CHOREOGRAPHER
Bobbi Jene Smith - DANCER
David Peter Bates - DIRECTOR
One of the first operas in English, Dido and Aeneas is a tale of love and loss, as Dido, Queen of Carthage, is abandoned by the Trojan prince Aeneas and dies overwhelmed by grief. Purcell conjures an intimate human drama from Virgil’s epic Aenied, with Dido’s searing lament, ‘When I am laid in earth’ as its emotional and dramatic climax.
This version interspersed with additional music by John Blow and Henry Purcell, was premiered in May 2016 with a sold-out performance at the Brighton International Festival.
“Ann Murray’s Dido once again shows the extraordinary quality of this seasoned performer’s voice, unfailingly pure, lyrical and yet precise. But more than this, Murray delivers an emotionally charged performance that is a fine balance of that vocal skill with dramatic skill.” ***** Latest Magazine May 2016
Check out the work of Choreographer Zak here: http://www.zackwinokur.com
and the incredible Bobbi Jene Smith -