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Errollyn Wallen: Dido's Ghost

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Errollyn Wallen in front of the Barbican tower with radio waves emitting from it

The story of Dido and Aeneas didn’t end with Dido’s death. Errollyn Wallen takes the story forward, interweaving a full performance of Purcell’s great tragedy with her imaginative new partner-piece.

‘Remember me, but ah! Forget my fate' sings Dido at the end of Purcell’s opera. But life isn’t quite as easy as that, and some memories have a destiny of their own. Set several years after the Carthaginian queen’s death, Dido’s Ghost finds Dido’s sister Anna abandoned on the shores of Aeneas’s new kingdom, igniting a murderous jealously in Aeneas’s wife Lavinia – and as events play out, its characters confront a past that refuses to fade.

Errollyn Wallen’s new opera, based on a tale by Roman poet Ovid, embraces and complements Purcell’s original, which is performed in its entirety as the centrepiece of a drama that is both old and new. Performed by the period instruments of the Dunedin Consort and live-streamed from our Hall, past blurs into present and memory becomes emotion in this ambitious and poignant new commission.

This performance is subject to government guidelines.

Our Cinema and Hall have been configured for social distancing with fewer seats available. In these venues (until guidance changes) we’ve created specially-distanced seating clusters. Please only sit directly beside someone from your household or support bubble. Please avoid moving seats when you arrive so we can keep a safe distance between you and other groups.

Livestream tickets will be available to watch back until Tue 8 Jun at 8pm. You can buy a ticket up until this point.

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