Dido and Æneas

Henry Purcell (1659-1695)

Théâtre de l'Archevêché
7 10 12 13 17 18 20 23 July
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
Didon et Énée - Mise en scène de Vincent Huguet - Festival d'Aix-en-Provence 2018
Václav Luks
Stage Director
Vincent Huguet*
Stage Designer
Aurélie Maestre
Costume Designer
Caroline de Vivaise
Lighting Designer
Bertrand Couderc
Louis Geisler
Language coach
Sophie Daneman
Conductor assistant, vocal coach
Pierre Gallon
Stage director assistant
Sophie Petit
Costumes assistant
Marie Szersnovicz
Anaïk Morel
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
Pierre Gallon
Harpsichord and organ
Ronan Khalil
Angélique Mauillon
Pierre Rinderknecht
Diego Salamanca*
Viola de gamba
Josh Cheatham
Antoine Touche*
Double bass
Thomas De Pierrefeu
Mamah Diabaté
Lucile Tèche
*Former artists of the Académie

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 !

  • Le Temps

    "Moving. A successful renewal.
    The freedom given by the missing parts of the score ideally suits Vincent Huguet’s treatment. The stage director added a prologue, subtly written by Maylis de Kerangal and recited by Rokia Traoré. This moving story set prior to the story enlightens the action." Sylvie Bonier
  • Opera Today

    "For these performances in Aix the Ensemble Pygmalion was lovingly conducted by well-known Czech early music conductor, Václav Luks. The final chorus “With drooping wings” found its wanted sublimity and the audience roared its appreciation." Michael Milenski

    "At the Festival d’Aix-en-Provence, Vincent Huguet offers a new prologue as well as a personal and universal approach of Dido and Aeneas by Purcell, with classic stage direction but in the beauty of the colours of exile and the Mediterranean." Christophe Candoni
  • Olyrix

    "The Ensemble Pygmalion (Choir and Orchestra) offers an outstanding accompaniment to a vocal cast who are courageously put to the test by the drama and its Carthaginian setting.." Florence Lethurgez

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.

Individual surtitles tablets are provided by Paraphraz

Saturday 7 July 2018
Tuesday 10 July 2018
Thursday 12 July 2018
Friday 13 July 2018
Tuesday 17 July 2018
Wednesday 18 July 2018
Friday 20 July 2018
Monday 23 July 2018

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 / Audio description available with the support of Fondation Harmonie Solidarités and Fondation MMA