Based on Virgil’s tale of fatal love, the powerful music and drama will be brought to life outside in the idyllic setting of St. John’s College Amphitheatre. The tale recounts the love of Dido, Queen of Carthage, for the Trojan hero Aeneas, and her despair when he abandons her.

The Production:

DOE presents one of the earliest English operas, Purcell’s Dido and Aeneas.  The opera is performed by Durham’s most exciting up-and-coming musicians with an orchestra. The outdoor setting and powerful drama make this short opera ideal both for seasoned opera-lovers and opera-virgins alike, perhaps accompanied by a spot of picnicking. As part of the production of ‘Dido and Aeneas’ DOE will also be staging a performance of ‘Come ye Sons of Art’. This triumphant work includes the famous alto duet ‘Sound the Trumpet’ along with an array of delightful chorus and solo numbers.


St John’s College Amphitheatre, Durham


Wednesday 25th June 2014 – 1:45pm

Wednesday 25th June 2014 – 3:30pm

Thursday 26th June 2014 – 1:45pm

Thursday 26th June 2014 – 3:30pm








Tickets are purchased on the DST website.