Dido and Aeneas

Aix en Provence - Art lyrique - Opéra - July 7th, 10th, 12th, 13th, 17th, 18th, 20th and 23th at 10pm

Opera in one prologue and three acts. Libretto by Nahum Tate. Text of the prologue by Maylis de Kerangal. First performed on December 1689 at the Boarding School for girls from Chelsea.

Dido is Queen of Carthage. Æneas is a Trojan in exile. Their love will last only as long as their celebratory hunting party. They will tear each other apart over a recitative. And the queen will die to a sublime lament. Around this simple plot taken from Virgil's Aeneid, Purcell composes one of the first English operas, a dark gem that is a masterpiece of the genre. In a concentrated piece over an eventful hour, a destiny is overturned. But the director, Vincent Huguet, places this destiny in a broader context by asking Maylis de Kerangal to write a prologue describing Dido's wanderings before she comes to Carthage, revealing the ambiguity, the light and shade inherent in every being. Light and shade that a young cast and the musicians of the Ensemble Pygmalion, conducted for the first time by Václav Luks, will project on the stage of the Archevêché providing a perfect link between yesterday and today.

Conductor : Václav Luks. Stage Director : Vincent Huguet

Théâtre de l'Archevêché. Sung in English with French and English surtitles / 1 hour and 20 minutes

Entrée from 9 to 270

This event is being held as part of: Festival d'Aix-en-Provence 2018

Information provided by OT Aix en Provence

  • Organiser

    Festival d'Aix-en-Provence

    Palais de l'ancien Archevêché
    Place Des Martyrs de la Résistance

    13100 Aix en Provence

  • Lieux

    Archevêché theater
    Palais de l'ancien Archevêché
    28 place Des Martyrs de la Résistance

    13100 Aix en Provence

  • Phone

    • 08 20 92 29 23
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