Purcell's Dido & Aeneas (MWO OpenStages production)

27th April 2019

St Andrew's Church, Presteigne

When I am laid in earth, may my wrongs create no trouble in thy breast. Remember me, but ah! forget my fate…

Dido’s Lament

As the culmination of an inspirational week of music-making and rehearsals involving professionals, students and amateur musicians, join MWO’s OpenStages company for two fully staged public performances of Purcell’s masterpiece Dido & Aeneas at St Andrew’s Church, Presteigne.

Purcell’s opera was first performed in the spring of 1689 for Josias Priest’s School for Girls in Chelsea. The work then suffered periods of neglect but triumphantly re-established itself in the 20th century.

The opera follows the tragic love between Dido, Queen of Carthage and Aeneas, a love destroyed by the malevolent interference of a sorceress and her spirits. Believing Aeneas’ love to be false, Dido, in the heart-aching final lament, prepares for death.

The opera will be sung in its original English libretto and will be accompanied by MWO’s OpenStages orchestra.

Duration 70 minutes

MWO OpenStages production of Henry Purcell’s DIDO & ÆNEAS

St Andrew’s Church, Presteigne
Saturday 27th April 2019
3pm – £7 / 8pm – £12 (Under 18s – Free)



Available from The Workhouse (cash only)
Or online:

3pm Full Price – £7.00

3pm Under 18 – FREE

8pm Full Price – £12.00

8pm Under 18 – FREE


with thanks to:
The Workhouse, The Salty Dog, No. 46 & Artisan Print

Haus Musik @
The Judge’s Lodging

An evening that breaks all the rules of live classical music experience.
Mid Wales Opera’s OpenStages Company take over Presteigne’s iconic Judge’s Lodging for the night.

Stroll through the building, drink and canapé in hand and discover a treasure trove of musical delights from Bach in the cellars to Offenbach in the courtroom.

  • 7-9pm Thursday 25th April £8
  • Tickets – The Workhouse (cash only)/The Judge’s Lodging

Book Tickets Online

The event is in aid of MWO engagement projects (www.midwalesopera.co.uk) & The Judge’s Lodging (www.judgeslodging.org.uk). Part of Mid Wales Opera’s week long residency at St Andrew’s Church.

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