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“Dido and Aeneas” / Henry Purcell

9 October 2022 @ 18:00 - 20:00
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XI Baroque Opera Festival

Theatre of the Warsaw Chamber Opera

Henry Purcell

Dido and Aeneas

Opera in three acts in its original language

Composer | Henry Purcell
Libretto | Nahum Tate

PREMIERE: 7 October 2022


Staging and director | Tomasz Cyz
Music director | Dirk Vermeulen
Set design and costumes | Natalia Kitamikado

Choreography | Weronika Bartold
Lighting director | Katarzyna Łuszczyk
Stage manager | Renata Tokarska

Dido/Spirit | Margarita Slepakova, Natalia Rubiś
Aeneas | Artur Janda, Paweł Horodyski
Belinda | Anna Zawisza, Joanna Radziszewska
Woman (Lady) | Dorota Szczepańska, Anna Werecka
Sorceress | Roksana Wardenga, Wanda Franek
First Witch | Joanna Radziszewska, Anna Koehler
Second Witch | Karolina Róża Kowalczyk, Ewa Puchalska
Sailor | Tomasz Grygo, Aleksander Słojewski
Weronika Bartold, Weronika Humaj, Małgorzata Czyżowska, Szymon Roszak, Maciej Cymorek, Maciej Zuchowicz
Vocal Ensemble of Warsaw Chamber Opera
Chorus Master – Krzysztof Kusiel-Moroz
Ancient Instruments Ensemble of Warsaw Chamber Opera
Musicae Antiquae Collegium Varsoviense

Henry Purcell’s “Dido and Aeneas” is an opera about power, passion and loneliness. Here is a woman-ruler meeting on her way a warrior and a hero. Her earlier life made her stay alone, however the power of the feeling begins to take over. Dido is unable to control her growing passion for Aeneas, despite her fear and uncertainty, she succumbs to it. However, she is not safe: she has opponents at the court, who are plotting against her, wanting to destroy her position, and ultimately to destroy her. Dido decides to act: she sends Aeneas away, condemning herself to loneliness … The staging of “Dido and Aeneas” puts Dido’s emotions at the spotlight – her strength, faithfulness to herself, purity of intentions. As well as the feelings and actions of Aeneas – a man convinced of his own historical role, exceeding someone’s personal fate. The universality of this history is emphasized by the location of this XVII-century musical masterpiece in the second half of the XX century.

Tomasz Cyz

Date 9 October 2022
Time 18:00 - 20:00
Theatre of the Warszawska Opera Kameralna
Address: al. Solidarności 76b
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