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Work Details

Dido and Aeneas


Henry Purcell

Costume Design

Christine Van Loon

Lighting Design

James F. Ingalls

Scenic Design

Robert Bordo

Premiere Date

March 11, 1989

Premiere Venue

Théâtre Varia

Premiere Location

Brussels, Belgium

Number of Dancers


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Dido and Aeneas is the first great opera in the English language, written in 1689 by the then 30-year-old Purcell.

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In his version, staged while in residency in Brussels, Belgium, Mark Morris originated the roles of Dido and the Sorceress alongside the acclaimed dancers of his company. He continued to dance these roles until 2000.