DIDO AND AENEAS AT TEATRU MANOEL
Henry Purcell’s opera, Dido and Aeneas will be staged in a stunning new production at Teatru Manoel on the 9th and 11th October at 8pm.
The opera is being presented as a joint collaboration with Valletta 2018 Foundation and will be performed by Teatru Manoel Youth Opera with mezzo soprano Marvic Monreal as the title role. The production will be accompanied by the Valletta International Baroque Ensemble conducted by Alice Farnham.
The director is Jonathan Cocker, who has directed numerous operatic productions for companies such as the New Zealand Opera, the Royal Opera House, Covent Garden and Opera North.
This opera is Purcell’s only all-sung dramatic work which tells the story of the love of Dido, Queen of Carthage, for the Trojan hero Aeneas, and her despair when he abandons her. Although first produced in 1688 with fantastical elements such as sorceresses, spells and mythological gods, the story is surprisingly still relevant and relatable. The ease of the narrative belies the complexity of the story and the whirlwind of emotions experienced by the protagonists in this hour-long opera. These elements, combined with the timeless and striking costume designs by Sofia Lasserot and the arresting set design by Romualdo Moretti, augur for a truly exciting theatrical experience.
Tickets are €15 and €18, including discounts for senior citizens and students. Full time students with valid student cards are eligible for €10 tickets from one hour before the performance subject to availability.