DIDO AND AENEAS
For the first annual edition of the SND Opera Studio, the authors chose the motto “Baroque, as the time of the birth of the opera, opens the door to the SND Opera Studio.”. The choice is no coincidence. The authors and students at the SND Opera Studio wish to draw utmost possible knowledge from the cradle of the opera and to build upon its foundations in their development and professional growth.
This ancient myth is one of the immortal love stories that inspired many works of art. The story of the tragic love of Dido, Queen of Carthage, to the Trojan hero Aenas is inspiring. The theme, based on the fourth book of Virgil's epic Aeneas, became a master for over a hundred operatic adaptations, some of which are among the ground-breaking works in opera. These include the imperative English Baroque composer Henry Purcell. With his ability to capture in music the most subtle whims of human emotions, he gave the ill-fated Dido immortality. The theme raises the questions of why immortality is not given to the humans, and how difficult it is to come to terms with the loss of a loved one. The play focuses on the powerful legacy of self-sacrifice and self-giving out of love – for love.
Libretto: Nahum Tate
Director/dramaturgy: Marek Mokoš
Set design: Barbora Šajgalíková
Musical preparation /conductor: Peter Zajíček
Also featuring: Slovak Youth Orchestra
Music: Henry Purcell
Adaptation: Margaret Laurie & Thurston Dart
Running time: 2 hours with an interval