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Henry Purcell (1659-1695)

Dido and Æneas

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

New production of the Festival d'Aix-en-Provence and its Académie
In coproduction with the Bolshoi Theater - State Academic Theater of Russia

A rendezvous MP2018 Quel Amour !

Prices : 270€, 180€, 150€, 120€, 55€, 30€
Youth ticket price : 9€
Children's discovery offer for all performances
Performance available with season ticket packages and Premium or Prestige offers

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1 hour and 20 minutes
Sung in English with French and English surtitles
Václav Luks
Stage Director
Vincent Huguet*
Stage Designer
Aurélie Maestre
Costume Designer
Caroline de Vivaise
Lighting Designer
Bertrand Couderc
Kelebogile Pearl Besong
Woman from Cyprus
Rokia Traoré
Tobias Greenhalgh
Sophia Burgos
Sorceress / Spirit
Lucile Richardot
Second Woman
Rachel Redmond
First Witch
Fleur Barron*
Second Witch
Majdouline Zerari*
Peter Kirk
Chorus and orchestra
Ensemble Pygmalion
*Former artists of the Académie

Remember me ! but ah !
forget my fate.

Nahum Tate, Dido and Æneas, act III (1689)

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.

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