Dido and Aeneas
Henry Purcell

Dido and Aeneas is an opera in three acts by composer Henry Purcell and had his first performance in 1689.at Josias Priest's school in Chelsea, London.
This production for De Nieuwe Opera Academie was conducted by Paul McCreesh and directed by Annemarie Prins.

I made the set and costume designs and Henk Kraayenzank did the lighting.
The set design is a white box that changes in sizes during the performance, adding Pop Art like elements in this space revering to each scene. The costume design was based on school uniforms in grey, revering to the opera’s first performance at a school.
This production premiered at the Kees van Baarenzaal in The Hague on the 15th March, 1999.

THE STORY: Dido, the widowed Queen of Carthage, entertains the Trojan Prince Aeneas, shipwrecked on his way to Italy, where he will found a new Troy. Dido and Aeneas are in love. Witches plot Dido’s destruction and the Sorceress conjures a storm, to break out when the royal couple are hunting, and the impersonation of Mercury by one of her coven. The storm duly breaks and the courtiers hasten back to town, while the false Mercury tells Aeneas he must leave Dido and sail for Italy. Aeneas and his sailors prepare to leave, to the delight of the witches. Aeneas parts from Dido, who kills herself once he has gone, her death lamented by mourning cupids.
Most famous of all elements in the opera is Dido's lament, When I am laid in earth, with its descending ground bass borrowed from current Venetian practice.


Other production with director Annemarie Prins:

“Breaking the Silence" Rwandese version (2012)

“Breaking the Silence"
Cambodian version (2009)

"3 Years, 8 Months, 20 Days" Play by Annemarie Prins

"Tijl Uilenspiegel" Play by Hugo Claus

"Pierrot Lunaire" opera by Arnold Schönberg