Opera Queensland & Circa

Dido and Aeneas

A high speed collision between romance and history awaits as Opera Queensland and Circa reunite to bring to life Henry Purcell’s Dido and Aeneas. Following their acclaimed production of Orpheus and…

Performances & Gigs

Event Details


Performances & Gigs

Event Starts

Jul 11, 2024

Event Ends

Jul 27, 2024


Playhouse, QPAC

Duty or love? 

Dido and Aeneas, the timeless tale of love and tragedy, takes on a contemporary twist as Opera Queensland collaborates with Circa, fusing Baroque opera with the daring artistry of acrobatics. Henry Purcell’s 1689 masterpiece, renowned for its poignant narrative, finds new life in this ground-breaking production.

This extraordinary performance transcends genres, seamlessly blending the elegance of classical opera with the breathtaking physicality of acrobatics. Inspired by Virgil’s epic, the opera tells the story of the ill-fated romance between Dido, Queen of Carthage, and Aeneas, the shipwrecked Trojan prince, thwarted by the malevolent Sorceress and Dido’s inner turmoil.

Prepare to be enthralled by a spectacle that harmonises live instruments, chorus, vocals, and gravity-defying circus feats, where every movement encapsulates the libretto’s emotion. Traditional opera enthusiasts will revel in its artistic brilliance, while those seeking innovation will be captivated by its grandeur, optimal duration, and a narrative that tugs at the heartstrings.

Dido and Aeneas promises a mesmerising fusion of art forms, an experience like no other, where the beauty of voice and the poetry of motion unite on a singular stage.

Sung in English


World premiere Brisbane, Australia – July, 2024
70 minutes

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