The performance will be semi-staged in modern dress.
With a stunning cast, Purcell’s operatic masterpiece Dido and Aeneas is heard alongside its model, John Blow’s Venus and Adonis. As well as sharing musical ideas and orchestration, the two works also shared costumes and a cast. Today, Venus and Dido are usually played as chamber pieces. But, in 1700, Purcell’s opera reappeared at the Lincoln’s Inn Fields Theatre, and so Purcell’s dramatic score has been rearranged to sound as it might have done in the theatre – with added slide trumpets, kettledrums, recorders, oboes, bassoon, double bass and serpent. The music is more compelling than ever, including the work’s moving climax; Dido’s heart-rending lament.