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Dido and Aeneas
11 July - 27 July 2024

Performance Dido and Aeneas HENRY PURCELL                                

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A pair of lovers. An evil sorceress. A doomed affair.

Dido and Aeneas, the timeless tale of love and tragedy, takes on a contemporary twist as Opera Queensland collaborates with Circa, fusing Baroque opera with the daring artistry of acrobatics. Henry Purcell’s 1689 masterpiece, renowned for its poignant narrative, finds new life in this ground-breaking production.

Following our acclaimed production of Orpheus and Eurydice, which toured Sydney Opera House this year, this new collaboration promises to be another unforgettable experience.

This extraordinary performance transcends genres, seamlessly blending the elegance of classical opera with the breathtaking physicality of acrobatics. Inspired by Virgil’s epic, the opera tells the story of the ill-fated romance between Dido, Queen of Carthage, and Aeneas, the shipwrecked Trojan prince, thwarted by the malevolent Sorceress and Dido’s inner turmoil.

Prepare to be enthralled by a spectacle that harmonises live instruments, chorus, vocals, and gravity-defying circus feats, where every movement encapsulates the libretto’s emotion. Traditional opera enthusiasts will revel in its artistic brilliance, while those seeking innovation will be captivated by its grandeur, optimal duration, and a narrative that tugs at the heartstrings.

Dido and Aeneas promises a mesmerising fusion of art forms, an experience like no other, where the beauty of voice and the poetry of motion unite on a singular stage.

Sung in English
Running time – approximately 70 minutes with no interval


Conductor Benjamin Bayl
Director, Stage Designer
Yaron Lifschitz
Associate Director Rani Luther
Costume Designer Libby McDonnell
Lighting Designer Matthew Marshall
Circa Associate Director Benjamin Knapton
Circa Producer Danielle Kellie
Chorus Master Narelle French

Dido Anna Dowsley
Aeneas Sebastian Maclaine
Belinda Katie Stenzel
Sailor Lachlann Lawton

Elizabeth McBride, Katie Rutledge, Katie Stenzel, Emily Turner, Adele King, Jessica Low, Shikara Ringdahl, Hayley Sugars, Andrew Lange, Connor Willmore, Lachlann Lawton, Jon Maskell, Jia-Peng Yeung, Sean Andrews, Ryan Carlson, Matthew Broadbent

Ensemble of Opera Queensland and Circa artists
Queensland Symphony Orchestra

Dido and Aeneas is supported by the Frazer Family Foundation

Thursday, July 11 2024 7:30 pm
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Saturday, July 13 2024 1:30 pm
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Complimentary Pre-performance Talk
Tuesday, July 16 2024 6:30 pm
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Thursday, July 18 2024 7:30 pm
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Complimentary Pre-performance Talk
Saturday, July 20 2024 7:30 pm
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Auslan Interpreted Complimentary Pre-performance Talk
Tuesday, July 23 2024 6:30 pm
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Thursday, July 25 2024 7:30 pm
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Complimentary Pre-performance Talk
Saturday, July 27 2024 1:30 pm
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Audio Description Available Complimentary Pre-performance Talk
Dido and Aeneas

From the creators of Orpheus and Eurydice

“This starkly beautiful production, performed by circus artists alongside the singers, feels fresh, modern and exciting.” – Limelight

Dido and Aeneas is presented by the creators of highly successful production, Orpheus and Eurydice. After its 2019 Queensland run, Orpheus and Eurydice ran a season at Sydney Opera House.

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