Classical music

Dido and Aeneas

Part of Classical Season 2018/19

‘Remember me, but ah! Forget my fate.’

Dido, Queen of Carthage, learned that destiny is stronger than even the deepest love, and Henry Purcell turned her tragedy into what might be the first truly great opera in the English language.

It’s a drama that goes straight to the heart, and after a lifetime in early music Sir Roger Norrington is still finding new beauty in this miraculous score.

He’s joined by three superb dramatic singers – and precedes the sorrows with Handel’s gloriously extravagant Water Music: written to entertain Londoners in 1717 and just as much fun in 2019.


London Philharmonic Orchestra
Sir Roger Norrington conductor
Marie-Claude Chappuis soprano, Dido
Lucy Crowe soprano, Belinda
Benjamin Appl tenor, Aeneas
Anna Dennis soprano, 2nd Woman
Edward Grint bass-baritone, Sorceress, Spirit
Ciara Hendrick mezzo-soprano, 1st Witch
Anna Harvey mezzo-soprano, 2nd Witch
The Schutz Choir of London


Handel: Water Music Suite No.1 in F; Water Music Suite No.2 in D
Purcell: Dido and Aeneas - opera in a prologue & 3 acts

Dates & times

30 Jan 2019
Approximate run time: 130 mins
Run times may vary, find out more


Royal Festival Hall


£10 - £65
Booking fee: £3.00 (Members £0.00)

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Related events
Royal Festival Hall at 6.15pm, pre-concert talk. Behind the Baton. Sir Roger Norrington discusses his performance of works by Purcell and Handel, and the golden age of British music of their time. Admission free.

Book multiple London Philharmonic Orchestra events in the same transaction and receive a discount.
3 – 4 events (10% discount)
5 – 7 events (15% discount)
8 – 10 events (20% discount)
11 – 14 events (25% discount)
15 or more events (30% discount)
These discounts are not available for the following concerts: Die Walküre, (27 Jan 2018) and Gala evening with Juan Diego Florez, (29 Mar 2019)