Composer Errollyn Wallen continues Henry Purcell’s great operatic tragedy Dido and Aeneas in Dido’s Ghost, a new concert performance featuring Golda Schultz.
The story of Dido and Aeneas didn’t end with Dido’s death. Discover what happened next and how memories wield a power all of their own, as composer Errollyn Wallen continues the tale, interweaving a full performance of Purcell’s great operatic tragedy within her own brilliant new opera.
Belize-born British composer Errollyn Wallen has written pop and jazz-influenced songs alongside contemporary classical music and her reimagining of Parry’s Jerusalem was heard at last year’s Last Night of the Proms. Her arresting new opera, with a libretto by Wesley Stace, stars South African soprano Golda Schultz as Dido and is staged by British director Frederic Wake-Walker.
Under the leadership of scholar and Baroque music authority John Butt, the Dunedin Consort is Scotland’s own early music ensemble, renowned for bringing ancient sounds into the present day and rediscovering familiar music in new and surprising ways.
Dido’s Ghost reframes, illuminates and expands Purcell’s opera Dido and Aeneas, which exists in its entirety as a flashback within Wallen’s new drama. Performed on period instruments, Dido’s Ghost bridges the gap between worlds, as past blurs into present, and memory becomes emotion, in a new blending of ancient and modern.
this new work is bold and moving, a piercing reminder of how the past haunts the present
Golda Schultz sings with strength and assurance, her voice with its own distinctively thrilling radiance
The Financial Times
Co-commissioned by Edinburgh International Festival, Dunedin Consortand Mahogany Opera, the Barbican Centre, Buxton International Festival and Philharmonia Baroque Orchestra & Chorale
James and Morag Anderson
John Butt Conductor
Frederic Wake-Walker Director
Golda Schultz Dido/Anna
Matthew Brook Aeneas
Nardus Williams Belinda
Allison Cook Lavinia
Henry Waddington Sorcerer
Errollyn Wallen Dido’s Ghost
A new opera incorporating Purcell’s Dido and Aeneas
Sung in English with supertitles