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Dido & Aeneas

Henry Purcell (1659-1695)

27-04-2022 - 29-04-2022

Grand Théâtre de la Ville de Luxembourg
1 Rond-point Schuman

Short description:

Opera in three acts

Libretto by Nahum Tate

World Premiere in 1689 at the Boarding School for Girls in Chelsea

Cycle ...



Opera in three acts

Libretto by Nahum Tate

World Premiere in 1689 at the Boarding School for Girls in Chelsea

Cycle « mémoire.s et résilience »

En anglais, avec surtitres en français & allemand

Introduction à l'opéra par les Amis de l'Opéra une ½ heure avant chaque représentation (FR).

Âge recommandé: 16 / Nudité / Fumée

Henry Purcell's Dido & Aeneas is a monumental work in Baroque opera, an achievement all the more remarkable for his first opera. It is a first, too, for director and choreographer Franck Chartier who has clearly enjoyed playing with the art form. His is a radical reimagining in which he overlays the original unfolding tragedy of the heartbroken Queen of Carthage with a hallucinatory vision in a parallel universe. As pictures twirl on the wall and a discarded jacket moves like a man, the surreal dimension makes Dido's internal anguish come to life.

As artistic director of Belgian dance collective Peeping Tom, Franck Chartier presses his dancers into the service of his whirlwind production, having split the opera's roles into speaking, dancing and singing parts. Emmanuelle Haïm navigates a musical route for the Le Concert d'Astrée orchestra, adding some new music by Atsushi Sakaï to emphasise the parallel universe.

Musical Director Emmanuelle Haïm

Stage Director & choreographer Franck Chartier (Peeping Tom)

Creation & direction of musical interludes Atsushi Sakaï

Dramaturgy Clara Pons

Scenographer Justine Bougerol

Costume Designer Anne-Catherine Kunz

Lighting Designer Giacomo Gorini

Sound design Raphaëlle Latini

Choir director Alan Woodbridge

Singing Master Benoît Hartoin

Stage direction Assistants Lulu Tikovsky & Luc Birraux

Choreography Assistant Louis Clément da Costa

Artistic collaborator Eurudike De Beul

Dido?/?Sorceress / Spirit Marie-Claude Chappuis

Belinda / 2nd Witch Em?'ke Baráth

Aeneas / Sailor Jarrett Ott

2nd Woman?/?1st Witch Marie Lys

Creation & performance by the artists of Peeping Tom Eurudike De Beul, Leo De Beul, Marie Gyselbrecht, Hunmok Jung, Brandon Lagaert, Chen-Wei Lee, Yichun Liu, Romeu Runa

Orchestra & chorus Concert d'Astrée

Production Grand Théâtre de Genève

Co-production Opéra de Lille; Les Théâtres de la Ville de Luxembourg

Premiere of this production on 2 May 2021 at the Grand Théâtre de Genève