Dido and Aeneas: Recomposed
Love’s a bitch…
UnstuckOpera is delighted to present a re-composition of Henry Purcell’s classic opera Dido and Aeneas.
In this promenade-style production (the first opera ever staged at The Basement Theatre) the audience is guided through the entire building. As Dido falls for Aeneas and perverse witches wreak havoc, we agonise over desire versus duty and ask; is love really a choice?
Never been to the opera? This is the perfect playful introduction. At just fifty minutes long and sung entirely in English Dido and Aeneas: recomposed is opera at its most unstuck; big wigs but not big egos, big emotions but not big budgets, big fun but not big prices.
Bringing together a small ensemble of some of Auckland’s most exciting young operatic talent, and led by award-winning composer Alex Taylor, this production is an intimate encounter with the operatic form. Dido and Aeneas: recomposed is produced by UnstuckOpera, a new company directed by Frances Moore that creates intimate and theatrical operatic events.
Alex Taylor is one of New Zealand’s leading young composers of orchestral and chamber music. His works have been featured in concerts in New Zealand, Australia, Indonesia, America and Europe, performed by groups such as the New Zealand Symphony Orchestra and 175 East. In 2012 Alex was the youngest recipient to date of the SOUNZ Contemporary Award, New Zealand’s most prestigious composition prize. He is currently writing an opera based on David Herkt’s The Last Delirium of Arthur Rimbaud, to be produced in 2016by UnstuckOpera.
Performed at Basement Theatre from the 17th to the 21st of May, UnstuckOpera’s Dido and Aeneas: recomposed is unashamedly subversive, sometimes absurd and completely and utterly heartbreaking.
“This extraordinary musical and theatrical adventure” - William Dart, NZ Herald.
Image credit: Priscilla Northe / striped trees productions.