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Ustinov Studio

Dido and Aeneas

By Henry Purcell
  • 14 October - 5 November
Dido and Aeneas

Event Information

Fri 14 Oct — Sat 5 Nov
Monday - Saturday 7.30pm
Matinees Thursday & Saturday 2.30pm (not Sat 15 or Thurs 20 Oct)
Press Night Thursday 20 October 7pm

Fri 14 Oct — Sat 5 Nov

Purcell’s opera is a mainstay of the operatic repertoire, containing music and arias of astonishing beauty that are known and loved throughout the world.

The opera tells the story of Dido, the widowed Queen of Carthage, and her lover the Trojan prince, Aeneas, shipwrecked on his way to Italy, where he will found a new Troy.

Witches plot Dido’s destruction, conjuring a storm to break out when the royal couple are hunting. In the melee, a witch persuades Aeneas he must leave Dido and sail for Italy. Aeneas and his sailors prepare to leave, to the delight of the witches. Dido’s tragic response to her betrayal inspired Purcell to write one of the most beloved arias, “When I Am Laid In Earth”.

This landmark event will see opera being produced in the Ustinov Studio for the first time, the charming atmosphere and intimate environment lending themselves perfectly to musical productions.

Friday 14 October – Saturday 5 November 2022

Evenings 7.30pm

Tickets £36.50 / £24.50 discounts

A booking fee of £2.50 per ticket applies

Dido and Aeneas will be directed by Isabelle Kettle, a British director of opera and theatre, who has worked in New York, France and the U.K. She was the 2019-21 Jette Parker Young Artist Stage Director at the Royal Opera House where her credits include a double bill of Brecht & Weill’s Seven Deadly Sins and Mahagonny Songspiel (ROH Mainstage) and Handel’s Susanna
(ROH Linbury Theatre), Musical Director Michael Papadopoulos, named Rising Star in the March 2020 edition of BBC Music Magazine and a participant in the Royal Opera House’s Jette Parker Young Artist Programme, will play harpsichord and lead the ensemble of musicians.

Designer Hyemi Shin’s recent work has included The Return of Ulysses at the Royal Opera House, The Damnation of Faust at Glyndebourne in 2019 and the forthcoming Samson at Delilah, also at the Royal Opera House.

The Ustinov foyer and bar are open from one hour prior to the performance.

Doors open approximately 15 minutes prior to the performance unless otherwise stated.

PLEASE NOTE: Tickets CAN  be shown on smartphones or tablets upon entry

The Box Office at the Ustinov Studio is open from approximately 30 minutes prior to each performance.

There is a lift from the Foyer to the Stalls level of the Ustinov Studio. Access to the Circle level is by stair access only.

Full terms and conditions for ticket bookings can be found here