Dido and Aeneas

Henry Purcell

Opera in three acts
Libretto by Nahum Tate from Virgilio Eneide

Dido Michela Antenucci
Aeneas Mauro Borgioni
Belinda Ilaria Vanacore
Second Woman Alice Molinari 
Sorceress Benedetta Mazzuccato
First Witch/Spirit  Maria Bagalà
Second Witch/Enchantress Eleonora Filipponi
First Sailor Giovanni Maria Palmia

Conductor Mario Sollazzo
Director, set and costume Stefano Monti
Assistant director Monique Arnaud
Assistant set designer Lamberto Azzariti
Coreography Tony Contartese  (STED)
Light designer Eva Bruno
Chorus master Michele Gaddi

MAR / Ensemble Alraune

Coro Lirico di Modena / I Madrigalisti Estensi

Fondazione Teatro Comunale di Modena


Henry Purcell is one of the greatest composers of the English tradition. He is the author of both theater and instrumental scores. Dido and Aeneas, last seen in Modena in 1985, is a masterpiece written in 1689 for a private audience before it became one of the best-known works of the international repertoire.

The story is taken from Book IV of Virgilio’s Eneide, whose mythological elements are intertwined with the magical and fairytale elements of the English tradition. The work tells of the stay of the Trojan hero Aeneas welcomed in Carthage by Queen Dido. However, dark forces are opposed to their love story, which see Aeneas forced to leave for Italy and Dido abandoned to despair.









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