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Cork Opera House's production of Dido & Aeneas returns for one performance only
Cara O’Sullivan, Majella Cullagh, Mary Hegarty in
Dido and Aeneas
by Henry Purcell
And featuring Simon Morgan as Aeneas.
Directed by John O’Brien
Arrangement by Marja Gaynor
Cork’s International stars Cara O’Sullivan, Majella Cullagh and Mary Hegarty will once again perform on the stage together ahead of their national tour in Henry Purcell’s exquisite masterpiece Dido and Aeneas.
The 1689 Baroque work is given a stunning new arrangement involving elements of jazz, gypsy and tango and is set in a fantastical gothic world.
This one-hour opera, based on the Roman poet Virgil’s tragic story of Queen Dido and her Trojan lover, Aeneas, was one of the first operas written and performed in English.
In this new production, each of the four singers also plays their principal character’s subconscious other self – a concept which heightens the emotional and sexual tension created by the passion of hidden desires.
The new orchestration will be created by Baroque and contemporary music specialist and violinist, Marja Gaynor for a quartet of multi-instrumentalist musicians.
Dido and Aeneas offers a top-quality, not to be missed artistic experience for adults and an engaging introduction to opera for teenage audiences. An interdisciplinary outreach programme is planned for secondary schools in Cork City and County.
TICKETS ONSALE FRIDAY 13th at 10am