The English Concert

Dido & Aeneas: the untold story

Purcell's masterpiece joins the hero Aeneas at the end of his voyage, shipwrecked in Carthage. But what of his exodus from Troy, search for refuge, or destiny to found Rome? We seek to commission a new work to compliment Purcell’s original, charting Aeneas’ journey, from the best female UK talents.

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It ran from 12:00 PM, 27 November 2018 to 12:00 PM, 4 December 2018

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The strong tradition of touring opera and new commissions in the UK is under threat. Due to insufficient funding, mounting performances is costly and the chance for collaboration with other art forms is rare. Instead, the orchestra is forced to consider small programmes only. This project seeks to promote some of the finest female dramatists in the UK, redressing the gender balance, and to shed more light onto the hero from an undisputed baroque masterpiece and first English opera


This commission will offer modern audiences an opportunity to understand Purcell's masterpiece by exploring the background of the characters as in Virgil's epic the Aeneid; a work well-known to contemporary audiences. By bringing this production to London and the rest of the UK we will not only resist the decline of touring opera, but demonstrate its relevance to modern-day audiences. We also seek to promote the best female talents and to offer a new work into the repertoire.