Dido and Aeneas

The English Concert brought some classical drama to the quintessentially English charms of the Bristol Old Vic (2014) and Buxton Festival (2015) with a triumphant Tom Morris/John retallack production of Dido and Aeneas, featuring the irrepressible South African soprano Pumeza Matshikiza in the title role.

Washed up on the shores of Carthage David Stout, as the displaced Trojan hero Aeneas, recounts his story following the fall of mighty Troy at the hands of the Greeks, his escape across the Mediterranean, and his eventual arrival on the Northern coast of Africa. Dryden's poetry, punctuated by Purcell's incidental music, sets the scene for this classic tale of love and loss.


The English Concert
Robert Howarth
The Erebus Ensemble

Pumeza Matshikiza Dido
David Stout Aeneas
Mary Bevan Belinda
Susan Bickley Sorceress
Lisa Wilson 2nd woman
Tom Castle Sailor*
Sophie Gallagher 1st Witch*
Camilla Harris Spirit/2nd Witch*

*choir member of The Erebus Ensemble

What the critics had to say:

"Dido and Aeneas: wonderfully zesty and fresh." - The Independent

"A remarkably vivid experience! ... The modern-dress performance...was beautifully paced, with an exquisite improvisation from the baroque guitarist William Carter while Pumeza Matshikiza's solemn Dido slowly took the hand of David Stout's seductive Aeneas...Bristol's audience is relaxed enough to express its feelings and Hilary Summers' magnificently high camp Sorceress relished every hiss." - The Times