THE DIDO PROJECT takes Henry Purcell's legendary English opera, Dido and Æneas, to new heights by setting it in our current, high-tech, information-driven world. Through a combination of video projections, audio recording and live performance, we will witness Dido's actions and glimpse her inner thoughts and feelings on her journey from untouchable power to absolute ruin. Led by theatre and opera director Pat Diamond, THE DIDO PROJECT features the creative talents of some of the most original artists in music and theatre today, including the renowned Sybarite Chamber Players and rising opera stars David Adam Moore and Blythe Gaissert. This will be a rare opportunity to see a project of high musical and visual quality as a free, public installation. By bringing together music, visual art, theatre and technology, THE DIDO PROJECT will carry the beauty, humanity, and emotion of Purcell’s opera into the twenty-first Century and make it accessible and relevant to today’s audiences.
Dido and Æneas is an opera by the English composer Henry Purcell. It is based on a story from Virgil's Aeneid, about the legendary Queen of Carthage Dido and the Trojan refugee Æneas. When Æneas and his crew are shipwrecked in Carthage, he and the queen fall in love. Dido sacrifices her kingdom and power for the love of Æneas, but Æneas foregoes his love for Dido and leaves her to achieve glory for himself by establishing the city of Rome. Dido, distraught and unable to live without him, takes her own life.