2010 Purcell

BEMF Opera | 2011 Chamber Opera Series

Purcell’s Dido and Aeneas

Saturday, November 27, 2010 at 8pm
Sunday, November 28, 2010 at 3pm
New England Conservatory's Jordan Hall

The Boston Early Music Festival Chamber Opera Series presents its third annual production, Purcell’s Dido and Aeneas. A landmark in operatic history, Purcell’s music vividly recounts the joyous love of Dido, proud Queen of Carthage, and the Trojan hero Aeneas—and their ill-fated, tragic separation, leading inexorably to Dido’s famous dying lament. The exquisite drama comes alive with superlative singing, lavish costumes, Baroque dance, and outstanding performances from the three-time Grammy-nominated BEMF Chamber Ensemble.


Critical Acclaim

“A wonderful performance.”

—Boston Musical Intelligencer

“The instrumental playing… was never less than brilliant.”

—The Hub Review

Behind-The-Scenes Video


Paul O’Dette & Stephen Stubbs, Musical Directors
Gilbert Blin, Stage Director
Anna Watkins, Costume Designer
Melinda Sullivan, Choreographer


Laura Pudwell, Dido
Douglas Williams, Aeneas
Yulia Van Doren, Belinda
Teresa Wakim, Second Woman, Lady in Waiting for Dido
Brenna Wells, First Witch/First Enchantress
Carrie Henneman Shaw, Second Witch/Second Enchantress
Jose Lemos, Spirit in form of Mercury
Jason McStoots, Sorceress
Zachary Wilder, Sailor

Boston Early Music Festival Dance Ensemble
Caroline Copeland & Carlos Fittante, Featured Baroque Dancers

Boston Early Music Festival Chamber Ensemble