Opera Night DIDO & AENEAS

30 Apr, 2017, 18:00 to 21:00
Venue: Vale do Lobo Auditorium

Baroque Opera in 3 Acts of Henry Purcelll (London 1659/1695)

The Academy of Music of Lagos brings to the Vale do Lobo Auditorium stage "Dido and Aeneas", the first English national opera and one of the most beautiful operas of the baroque period. The loves of Dido and Aeneas and the abandonment of the queen of Carthage inspired numerous artists in the most varied artistic fields. The opera by English composer Henry Purcell (1659 - 1695) is one of the highlights of this inspiration and will premiered in the spring of 1689 in London.

The libretto by Nahum Tate, a dramatic poet heavily influenced by William Shakespeare, is based on the unspeakable Book IV of Virgil's epic "Aeneid" (70-19 BC) and tells us about the widowed Queen of Carthage, Dido (Joana Godinho) Who receives in his kingdom, Aeneas (Jan van Elsacker), a prince who escaped to the destruction of Troy. In spite of the will of both in celebrating their marriage, their love is doomed with the harbinger of the gods, who alert them to the sad Destiny to which they will be subjugated, since Aeneas has like divine duty to leave to be the future founder of the Roman Empire. With the departure of Aeneas, Dido ends up succumbing to death for the sake of love.

The production of the Lagos Academy of Music will presented on Sunday, 30th April 2017 at the Vale do Lobo Auditorium and will be performed by the Algarve Camerata, featuring several national and international renowned soloists such as Adrián Rodriguez van der Spoel in the musical direction, Marcos Magalhães in the harpsichord and Hugo Sanches in Teorba. The staging is by Carlos Meireles and the costumes made by the Artistic Production - Textile Specialization Course at the iconic Soares dos Reis do Porto School, with direction of Rita Carvalhas and Paula Manhente. 

This event is part of the 365 Algarve Program, a structure financed by Turismo de Portugal and has the support of the Municipality of Lagoa and Vale do Lobo, S.A.