Based on the love story from Virgil’s Aeneid, this English baroque tragic masterpiece features magnificent music, potent drama, and remarkable intensity. Dido and Aeneas tells the tale of the legendary Queen of Carthage, Dido, and the Trojan refugee prince, Aeneas. When Aeneas and his crew become shipwrecked in Carthage, he and the Queen fall in love. In the meantime, witches plot Dido’s destruction. The Sorceress has one of her covens impersonate Mercury who tells Aeneas he must leave Dido and found the new Troy (Rome). Forced to choose between passion and duty, Aeneas and his sailors prepare to leave, much to the witches’ delight. Dido, who cannot live without him, is absolutely heartbroken and awaits death.

TypeOperaYear2009OpeningFebruary 27, 2009ConductorLéonor de RécondoMusicHenry PurcellBookNahum TateRoleThe SorceressDuration1hProductionOpéra National de Montpellier, Opéra Junior

  • Opéra National de Montpellier, Opéra Comédie – Montpellier, France (5 performances)
  • Théâtre Jean Alary – Carcassonne, France (2 performances)
  • Théâtre Molière, Scène Nationale de Sète et du Bassin de Thau – Sète, France (1 performance)

– Michèle Fizaine, “Bouleversante Didon à L’Opéra Comédie“. Midi Libre (France), February 28, 2009
– “Didon et Enée“, La Dépêche (France), May 15, 2009

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