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DIDO AND AENEAS
BAROQUE OPERA IN 3 ACTS BY HENRY PURCELL

Libretto: Nahum Tate
Conductor: Marshall McGuire
Stage Director and Lighting Designer: Maurizzio di Mattia
Set Design: Andrea Miglio
Costumes: Opera di Roma
Dolce Voce Chorus
The Macao Orchestra

 

 

 

CHARACTERS AND CAST  
Dido, Queen of Carthage Rebecca Ringle, High Mezzo-soprano
Belinda, Dido’s sister and handmaid Sharin Apostolou, Light Soprano
Aeneas, Trojan Prince Kenneth Mattice, Baritone
Sorceress   Paul Goen, Bass
Second Woman, another handmaiden Sarah Nelson Craft, Mezzo-soprano
First Witch / Enchantress Tijana Grujic, Mezzo-soprano
Second Witch / Enchantress   Margaret Peterson, Mezzo-soprano
Spirit, in the form of Mercury Monica Yunus, Soprano
First Sailor Jim Price, Tenor

When English composer Henry Purcell wrote Dido and Aeneas , opera was not yet publicly performed in London. Indeed, although Purcell was already recognised as one of London’s most distinguished musicians and composers, the debut performance of Dido and Aeneas was not in the kind of grand theatre we now associate with opera. It took place at “Josias Priest’s Boarding School” at Chelsey, possibly as early as 1680. In time this sparkling miniature opera, filled with intense drama and elegant song, would dazzle theatre audiences around the world. Lasting little more than an hour, this brilliant work by the greatest English composer of his time, encompasses a broad range of expressive music, from a high-spirited sailor’s dance to one of the most touching operatic arias, Dido’s lament “When I am laid in Earth”. Don’t miss this exciting new production.

Duration: approximately 1 hour, no interval
With surtitles in Chinese, Portuguese and English

FESTIVAL+: Pre-Concert Talk

15 - 17/10
Friday to Sunday
8pm (15, 16/10), 3pm (17/10)
Dom Pedro V Theatre
Dom Pedro V Theatre

Ticket:
MOP 200, 150, 100