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The zenith of English Baroque opera, Dido & Aeneas comes to the stage of the Teatro Real for the first time in a striking production of opera and dance. Regarded by some as the successor of Pina Bausch, Sasha Waltz reinterprets Henry Purcell’s opera with her characteristic choreographic language. Christopher Moulds conducts the Akademie für Alte Musik Berlin and a cast led by Marie-Claude Chappuis and Nikolay Borchev in four performances of this creative and transgressive spectacle.

Essentials

Tragic opera in three acts and a prologue

Music by Henry Purcell (1659-1695)
Libretto by Nahum Tate, after his play Brutus of Alba, or the Enchanted Lovers (1678) and Book IV of the Aeneid (29-19 BC) by Virgil

First known performance at the Josias Priest's girls' school in Chelsea in December 1689
Premiered at the Teatro Real in concert version on 18 November 2013

Production by Sasha Waltz & Guests y la Akademie für Alte Musik Berlin, in co-production with Staatsoper Berlin, the Grand Théâtre de la Ville de Luxembourg and the Opéra national de Montepellier

Akademie für Alte Musik Berlin
Vocalconsort Berlin

Starting Point

To create a choreography for an opera is one of the many borders that Sasha Waltz decided to cross, and for this occasion she has gone to the extreme opposite of the contemporary nature that defines her company; the chosen work is undoubtedly one of the summits in opera- certainly the queen of English baroque –reinterpreted under the special prism of the German artist. Through this work, she continues her persevering investigation on bodies and space, displaying her characteristic dance, as rigorous as creative. In this manner her Dido & Aeneas offers powerful images and moments that linger, remaining a long time after leaving the theatre.

Production Team & Cast

  • Musical director: Christopher Moulds
  • Choreographer: Sasha Waltz
  • Adaptation: Attilio Cremonesi
  • Set designer: Thomas Schenk
  •   Sasha Waltz
  • Costume designer: Christine Birkle
  • Lighting designer: Thilo Reuther
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  • Dido: Marie-Claude Chappuis
  • Belinda: Aphrodite Patoulidou
  • Aeneas: Nikolay Borchev
  • Sorceress: Yannis François
  • Second Woman: Luciana Mancini

Performance Dates

  • 31 MAR (S) 18:00h
    Turn Première
  • 1 APR (M) 20:00h
    Turn X
  • 3 APR (W) 20:00h
    Turn A
  • 4 APR (T) 20:00h
    Turn D
  • Place: Main Auditorium