Rye St Antony's Drama and Music departments have joined forces to produce this opera for the first time at the school, with a contemporary setting and authentic Baroque orchestration, this is a powerful piece and not to be missed.
With only four weeks to go, the Dido cast are working hard to polish their work for the performances at the end of February. There is dedication and ambition throughout the company, and our pupils are aiming to impress.
Dido, the Queen of Carthage, entertains the Trojan Prince Aeneas, shipwrecked on his way to Italy, where he will found a new Troy. Dido and Aeneas are in love. Witches plot Dido’s destruction and the Sorceress conjures a storm, to break out when the royal couple are hunting, and the impersonation of Mercury by one of her coven. The storm duly breaks and the courtiers hasten back to town, while the false Mercury tells Aeneas, he must leave Dido and sail for Italy. Aeneas and his sailors prepare to leave, to the delight of the witches. Aeneas parts from Dido, who kills herself once he has gone, her death lamented by mourning cupids.
Our production poster, with an image created by Year 12 photography student Izzy Boitolt, suggests that even Queens and Princes are chess pieces in the great game of life and love. Dido and Aeneas has a contemporary setting and features authentic Baroque orchestration. Performances are on Wednesday 28 February and Thursday 1 March at 7.00 pm, tickets are available from the Bursary.
We hope to see you there!