Eglesfield Music Society: Dido and Aeneas

Preview of Eglesfield Music Society ‘Dido and Aeneas’.

The Oxford Culture Review

Purcell’s Dido and Aeneas is one of the most frequently performed pieces in the standard operatic repertoire; as one of the earliest English operas it has received consistent attention following the renewed interest in Baroque music, and the historically informed performance movement. Not only does it combine memorable music with Virgil’s compelling tale of doomed love, enhanced by flashes of dark humour, but it is scored for small forces making it a perfect choice for student opera companies. The Eglesfield Musical Society is no exception to this; EMS Opera disbanded in 2007 but are currently enjoying a resurrection with Dido and Aeneas. Naturally, when I attended the rehearsals for Dido I arrived with high expectations, wondering how EMS Opera were going to present a new perspective on the opera.

The director, Daisy Gibbs, is all too aware of this challenge. She says that this production hopes to “bring out…

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