Camerata RNCM Dido featured on BBC

Posted on June 22, 2010

BBC Radio 3’s Discovering Music has featured Manchester Camerata’s Dido and Aeneas.

Purcell’s 350th anniversary was celebrated in January last year with a semi-staged performance of his most famous opera which was staged in partnership with the Royal Northern College of Music.

Dido, Queen of Carthage, falls in love with Aeneas, only to be thwarted by an evil sorceress who, disguised as the God Mercury, reminds Aeneas of his destiny to become the founder of the Roman Empire. His departure leaves Dido heartbroken, and leads to an inevitably tragic ending.

RNCM students took the lead roles and provided members of the chorus.

The concert began with a BBC Radio 3 Discovering Music recording, exploring excerpts from the opera, followed by the performance after an interval.  See this recording.


Nicholas Kraemer conductor

Carolina Krogius Dido

Philip Smith Aeneas

Fleur Bray Belinda

Hanna-Liisa Midwood-Kirchin Second Woman

Kathryn Rudge Sorceress

Elise Dye First Witch

Soraya Mafi Second Witch

David Shaw Sailor

Jennifer France Spirit

RNCM Chorus

Manchester Camerata Learning Project

During December 2008 and January 2009, 25 pupils from Chorlton High School worked with composer Richard Barnard, dramatist Anna Jewitt, Camerata musicians and vocal students from RNCM to develop a prequel to Dido and Aeneas.

Read more about this project