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5th April 2014

Grosvenor Chapel
South Audley Street




Didone, Queen of Carthage in love with Enea, 
TOM VERNEY counter-tenor
Enea, Trojan prince in love with Didone, 
CALVIN WELLS counter-tenor
Jarba, King of the Moors, who appears as Arbace, 
Selene, sister of Dido and secretly in love with Enea, 
ALEX PULLINGER counter-tenor
Araspe, confidant of Jarba and in love with Selene, 
MARTIN MILNES counter-tenor
Osmida, confidant of Dido, 
JAMES HALL counter-tenor

CHAD KELLY Musical Director & harpsichord

Ensemble Serse return with another rare opera in concert. 

Didone Elisa, widow of Sicheo after he was murdered by his brother Pigmalione, king of Tyre, fled with immense riches to Africa where she bought enough land and built Carthage. She received many marriage proposals, in particular from Jarba the king of the Moors, which she refused wishing to remain faithful to her husband’s ashes.

Meanwhile, the Trojan hero Enea, journeying to Italy
after the destruction of his homeland by the Greeks,

was carried by a storm to the African shores and
received hospitality and protection from Didone, who fell
in love with him; while he remained in Carthage
to indulge 
in her affections, he was ordered by the gods
to abandon those shores and resume his journey

All of this is derives from Virgil, who with a convenient
anachronism merges the times of the foundation of
Carthage with that of the wanderings of Enea. From
Ovid’s third book of Festivals, it is said that Jarba took
over Carthage after Didone’s death, and that her sister
Anna – whom we will call Selene – was herself as well
secretly in love with Enea.

For dramatic purposes, we shall determine that Jarba,
curious to see what Didone looked like, introduced himself
as his own ambassador, by the name of Arbace.

The action takes place in Carthage.


Tickets: £35 / or 2 for £40
unreserved seating

To book please go to BOOKINGS page.

Please bring your own cushion and refreshments, however there is no eating allowed in Grosvenor Chapel.

If possible we would like to reserve the toilets in the Chapel for the use of women and the disabled.  There are pubs nearby where you can buy drinks and use their facilities.



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