Opera in a prologue and three acts by HENRY PURCELL. Text by NAHUM TATE after the 4th canto of the »Aeneid« by Virgil

Sasha Waltz Direction and Choreography

Christopher Moulds Musical Direction

Thomas Schenk, Sasha Waltz Stage

Christine Birkle Costume

Thilo Reuther Lighting

Jochen Sandig, Yoreme Waltz Dramaturgy

Marie-Claude Chappuis Soprano (Dido)

Clémentine Deluy, Michal Mualem Dance (Dido)

Nikolay Borchev Baritone (Aeneas)

Virgis Puodziunas Dance (Aeneas)

Blenard Azizaj, Luc Dunberry Dance (Train of Aeneas)

Aphrodite Patoulidou Soprano (Belinda)

Sasa Queliz Dance (Belinda)

Luciana Mancini Mezzo-soprano (Second Woman)

Maria Marta Colusi, Zaratiana Randrianantenaina Dance (Second Woman)

Peggy Grelat-Dupont Narrator

Yannis Francois Bass-baritone (Sorceress)

Juan Kruz Diaz de Garaio Esnaola, Gyung Moo Kim Dance (Sorceress)

James Way Tenor (First Witch, Sailor)

Takako Suzuki Dance (First Witch, Sailor)

Michael Smallwood Tenor (Second Witch, A Spirit)

Sean Nederlof Dance (Second Witch, A Spirit)

Luna Mualem de Filippis Dance (Ascanius)

Juan Kruz Diaz de Garaio Esnaola Repetition

Steffen Döring Assistant Direction and Production

Friederike Schulz Stage management

Reinhard Wizisla Technical direction

Moritz Hauptvogel Assistant Technical Director

Salvatore Giuseppe Judica Stagecraft

César Martins Props

Thomas Schenk Production Manager

Martin Hauk Lighting

Olaf Danilsen Assistant Lighting

Jasmin Lepore Director Costume

Margaretha Heller Assistant Costume Director

Sandra Tiersch Assistant Costume

Manja Beneke Wardrobe

Kati Heimann, Nicole Förster Hair and make-up

Karsten Liske Guest performance management

Stephan E. Schmidt Commercial Management

Sasha Waltz, Bärbel Kern Directorate / Executive Board

Vocalconsort Berlin

Akademie für Alte Musik Berlin

The participating musicians of the Vocalconsort Berlin and the Akademie für Alte Musik Berlin are listed in the respective artist biographies.

The legendary choreographic opera »Dido and Aeneas« by Sasha Waltz opens with a leap into the depths of the sea. The underlying musical theatre work by Henri Purcell condenses the heroic epos into a few elements of action: the gods disapprove of the encounter between the queen of Carthage and the Trojan prince, sabotaging their love. Only just united, the couple is forced to separate; a human tragedy unfolds in which the unspeakable desperation of two isolated individuals transforms love into hatred. When Aeneas leaves Dido, the queen of Carthage, she bids farewell to her love and life in her famous lament.

Sasha Waltz has rethought the oldest love story in English opera, using the language of dance. Delving into the tension-filled tales and multi-layered emotional worlds, the choreographer combines the musical theatre work with the theatrical possibilities of dance. Spatial separations vanish; the title figures are embodied by singers and dancers at the same time. With a multi-genre ensemble, Sasha Waltz’s production goes far beyond mere illustration of the action. Together with the Akademie für Alte Musik Berlin and the Vocalconsort Berlin under the baton of Christopher Moulds, dance and opera merge in a unique artistic form.

A production by Sasha Waltz & Guests and the Akademie für Alte Musik Berlin in co-production with the Staatsoper Unter den Linden Berlin, the Grand Théâtre de la Ville de Luxembourg and the Opéra National de Montpellier. Sasha Waltz & Guests is supported by the Senate Department for Culture and Europe.

The event is part of the subscription package »Tanz und Ritual« [Dance and Ritual].

Image © Sebastian Bolesch

dates and tickets


20 May



1,5 h

Karten 38 ⁄ 48 ⁄ 66 ⁄ 78 ⁄ 89 € Festspielgäste in Ausbildung 15 €


21 May



1,5 h

Karten 38 ⁄ 48 ⁄ 66 ⁄ 78 ⁄ 89 € Festspielgäste in Ausbildung 15 €


22 May



1,5 h

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