Opera in three acts to a libretto by Nahum Tate, premiered in London in 1689.
New Royal Opera production
Flore Royer Didon
Sarah Charles Belinda
Halidou Nombre Aeneas and the Enchantress
Pauline Gaillard et Clarisse Dalles Witches
Attila Varga Toth A sailor
Franciana Nogues A spirit
Louise Rouleau Second woman
Soloists and instrumentalists from the Royal Opera Academy
Stéphane Fuget Conductor
Charles di Meglio Stage Director
Show in English without surtitles
Founded in 2023, the Académie de l’Opéra Royal aims to train and support young performers, singers and instrumentalists specialising in baroque music and in particular the specific style of French 17th- and 18th-century music. Masterclasses and work experience are offered, led by top artists who regularly perform at Versailles. For this first year group, a “royal” version of Purcell’s famous Dido and Aeneas will be staged in the Hall of Mirrors, in order to hear these young artists at their very best!
Few baroque operas have aroused such emotion throughout the centuries. Premièred by Purcell in 1689, this utter masterpiece of English music tells the story of the doomed love affair between Aeneas, a survivor of Troy and future founder of Rome, and Dido, Queen of Carthage. Out of this ancient myth pours the harrowing voice of a broken heart, as in the sublime final lamento “When I am laid”, so well known today. Dido and Aeneas is a brief and direct yet astonishingly diverse opera, combining sailors and pastors, sorceresses and furies, comedy and tragedy. The Death of Dido will forever be remembered as a pinnacle of baroque music, but come and listen to its terrible wizardry...
Proceeds from this concert go to the Académie de l’Opéra Royal
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CARTHAGE CATEGORY : Free seating in the category, best seats available in the Hall of Mirrors, an invitation to a cocktail dinner with a selection of delicacies and champagne..
TROIE CATEGORY : Free seating in the category, a cocktail reception will be served with champagne at your discretion.
The ADOR, which is eligible for sponsorship, raises funds for the Royal Opera Academy.