Lamb & Hayward Curator's Series

Dido and Aeneas

The origin story of the intimate opera Dido and Aeneas is shrouded in mystery. Scholars have trawled history, concluding that it was likely premiered at Josias Priest’s boarding school for girls in London sometime before 1689, despite there being no score from that first performance. The plot is taken from Virgil’s Aeneid, when Aeneas flees the destruction of Troy and ends up in Carthage, leading to a tragic love affair with Dido.

Chad Kelly directs this highly emotional work, guiding the audience through the drama that culminates in Dido’s final showstopper lament “When I am laid in earth.”



Nicola Holt – First Witch

Helen Charlton – Second Woman

Millie Trusttum – Spirit

Emma Gilkison


Margot Button – Sorceress

Rosamund McDonald

Sarah Trevethick

Thomas Woodfield – Second Witch


Andrew Grenon – Sailor

Jared Corbett

Julian Chu-Tan

Mike Donaldson


Rory Sweeney

Alex Robinson

Theo Hnat

John Bayne

CSO would like to acknowledge the generous support of Dr Kelvin & Mrs Carolyn Lynn for the purchase of the score and parts for Dido and Aeneas.