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Dido and Aeneas

Author(s): Henry Purcell

The opera tells the story of Dido, the widowed Queen of Carthage, and her lover the Trojan prince, Aeneas, shipwrecked on his way to Italy, where he will found a new Troy.

Witches plot Dido’s destruction, conjuring a storm to break out when the royal couple are hunting. In the melee, a witch persuades Aeneas he must leave Dido and sail for Italy. Aeneas and his sailors prepare to leave, to the delight of the witches. Dido’s tragic response to her betrayal actions inspired Purcell to write one of the most beloved arias, “When I Am Laid In Earth”.

Director Isabelle Kettle
Musical Director Michael Papadopoulos
Designer Hyemi Shin


Theatre Royal Bath, Bath