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DIDO AND AENEAS

Staged production of Henry Purcell's poignant opera

Thursday 2 September 2021, 7.30pm

Richmond Hill St Andrew’s URC Church, Bournemouth, BH2 6JJ

 

Friday 3 September 2021, 7.30pm

Wilton Parish Church, West Street, Wilton, Salisbury, SP2 0DL

Composed in the 1680s, the opera tells the classical story of Dido, Queen of Carthage and her love for the Trojan Aeneas. Dido has made Carthage prosperous through her wisdom and leadership, and the heroic Aeneas has the potential to reign with her. But fate intervenes in the form of Mercury and ruthlessly destroys the lives of both lovers, culminating in one of baroque opera’s most beautiful arias, Dido’s lament.

Zenaida Yanowsky, former star principal of the Royal Ballet, joins us as Movement Director for this new production that blends choreographed movement with Purcell's exquisite music. Supporting the cast of rising young vocal stars, baroque strings will be led from the harpsichord by HCO Artistic Director, Lynton Atkinson

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Aeneas  Theo Perry

Belinda  Natasha Page

Tickets - £25

Under-18s and those in full-time education - free (ticket still needed)

Obtainable from: https://www.ticketsource.co.uk/hurn-court-opera

Friends of Hurn Court Opera: tickets from foothart@gmail.com or 07717 570333

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Cast

Dido  Angharad Rowlands

Aeneas  Theo Perry

Belinda  Natasha Page

Sorcerer  Hamish McLaren

First Witch  Olivia Bell

Second Witch  Lily Mo Browne

Second Woman  Eleanor Rosser-Smyth

Sailor  Robert Forrest

Creative team

Director  Joy Robinson

Movement Director  Zenaida Yanowsky

Designer  Michael Hart

Costume Designer Sue Grove

Musical Director  Lynton Atkinson

Below are some further dates for your diary. More information will be released over the coming months. For updates, join our mailing list (see below). Or to get ahead of the crowd, consider becoming part of our Friends scheme, which gives you advance notice and booking opportunities.

AUTUMN RECITAL

Saturday 16 October 2021, 5.00pm,

St Thomas's Church, St Thomas's Square, Salisbury SP1 1BA

Sunday 17 October 2021, 5.00pm,

Merley House, Wimborne, Dorset BH21 3AA

HCO SINGER OF THE YEAR COMPETITION 2021

Semi-finals and finals 

Sunday 14 November 2021

Bournemouth University, BH12 5BB

CHRISTMAS CONCERT

Sunday 5 December 2021

Church House, Wimborne BH21 1HT