Dido and Aeneas //
Opera in three acts by Henry Purcell Libretto by Nahum Tate
In English with German subtitles
Dido's heart is swept with "storms of worry" when she first meets Aeneas. Since her husband's assassination, she alone has managed the fortunes of Carthage. Aeneas has been on the run since the fall of Troy and now seeks asylum in the Queen's empire. Dido falls in love with him, but is haughty and unapproachable. But with the encouragement from good spirits, she dares to take a leap into the unknown.
But soon, encroaching forces of evil come to destroy her new-found happiness. A spirit in the form of Jupiter reminds Aeneas of his task of establishing a new Troy and urges him to set sail immediately. Aeneas feels he must obey, but in so doing, he risks extinguishing the flame of his love. Even though he ultimately decides to remain, Dido's trust in him is irreparably shattered. This betrayal of her unconditional devotion drives her to the extreme.
Even during his lifetime, Henry Purcell was celebrated as the greatest English composer of all times. His "Dido and Aeneas" of 1689 marked a milestone in Baroque opera. The piece presents the legend of Vergil's "Aeneid" through deeply evocative arias, grotesque witch chants and masterfully composed dances. Instead of the gods, Purcell incorporated heathen powers. Using the sorceress, spirits and witches to reflect the protagonist's dark side, the relationship between Dido and Aeneas becomes a deeply psychological drama. In the end, Purcell presents Dido's audacious, radiating lamentation "Remember me − but ah! forget my fate" − one of the most moving elegies of opera history to this day.
The opera is directed by Corinna von Rad who is known for her highly acclaimed productions in Weimar, such as Handel's "Alcina", Shakespeare's "Tempest" and Jura Soyfer's "Astoria".
Trailer: Marius Böttcher
Corinna von Rad (Regie)
Ralf Käselau (Bühne)
Sabine Blickenstorfer (Kostüme)
Martina Stütz / Julie Paucker (Dramaturgie)
Julie Paucker / Corinna von Rad (Textfassung)
Mario Orlando El Fakih Hernández / Sebastian Ludwig (Choreinstudierung)
CastAmira Elmadfa / Sayaka Shigeshima (Dido)
Uwe Schenker-Primus (Aeneas)
Krunoslav Šebrek (The Traveler)
Heike Porstein (Belinda / Chor (Sopran))
Friederike Beykirch (Second Woman / Chor (Sopran))
Nils Wanderer (Sorceress / Spirit / Sailor / Chor (Alt))
SuJin Bae (First Witch / Chor (Sopran))
Pihla Terttunen (Second Witch / Chor (Alt))
Jens Schmiedeke (First Sailor / Chor (Tenor))
Margarita Greiner (Chor (Alt))
Detlef Koball / Darrel Mills (Chor (Tenor))
Chong Ken Kim / Chang-Hoon Lee / Oliver Luhn (Chor (Bass))
Alexander Schuchert (Schlagwerk)