The 10 Selected Productions

Dido and Aeneas

Musical play
after the opera by Henry Purcell / Nahum Tate
and Christopher Marlowe’s tragedy “Dido, Queen of Carthage”
Theater Basel

Premiere 7 April 2006
Dido and Aeneas

Dido and Aeneas

© Sebastian Hoppe

  • 2h 15, no interval

Past Dates

Talk with the audience
Moderation Tobi Müller
Wed 16 May 23:45

Sebastian Nübling’s farewell production after ten years of Michael Schindhelm’s artistic directorship is an amalgam of periods and styles, the renaissance and the present day, baroque and pop music. On the one hand it is grand opera, an opulent festival of sounds by Henry Purcell, with the Schola Cantorum Basilensis, the Hochschule für Musik Basel and soprano Ulrike Bartusch, who sings Dido’s arias. On the other it is a gripping love story with a substantial text by Shakespeare’s contemporary Christopher Marlowe and the wonderful Sandra Hüller as Dido, who is forced to give in to the imperatives of the gods and permit her beloved immigrant Aeneas to move on at the end. And finally, just when it seems that the pathos is threatening to become self-evident, the production reminds us that the way to people’s hearts is through their stomachs and presents us with a four course meal cooked on stage. Crossover, which has become unnecessarily complex in recent years, is given new meaning by Nübling.


Directed by Sebastian Nübling
Conductors Lutz Rademacher, Lars Wittershagen
Stage Design Muriel Gerstner
Costume Design Eva Butzkies
Lighting Design Rainer Küng
Dramaturgy Julia Lochte

Ulrike Bartusch, Sandra Hüller Dido
Sandro Tajouri Aeneas
Andrea Bettini Jupiter, master of the house
Barbara Lotzmann Juno, his wife
Wolfgang Brumm Venus, Jupiter’s sister
Klaus Brömmelmeier Iarbas, Dido’s suitor
Rahel Hubacher Belinda, Dido’s sister
Lars Wittershagen Ganymid, Jupiter’s darling
Yasin Kourrich Askanius, Aeneas’s son

Katharina Baeschlin, Florian Engelhardt, Silke Gäng, Barbora Horáková, Daniela Immoos, Marian Krejcik, Jakob Pilgram, Raphael Wittmer (choir soloists of the Hochschule für Musik Basel)

Baroque Ensemble of the Schola Cantorum Basiliensis