Dido and Belinda

To bring radically new meaning to a play is a virtue. To bring radically new meaning to a musical score is sacrilege. But why? Why shouldn’t musicians be as creative and interpretative as actors?

With support from King’s Cultural Institute, in November 2016 Helios Collective and King’s College London’s Music Department co-presented a series of reimagined readings of Purcell’s Dido and Aeneas as Dido and Belinda.

Through workshops and performances, musicians and audiences experienced musico-dramatic reinterpretations of Purcell’s celebrated opera. Each evening, different approaches to facets of the musical performance were enacted across the opera, with audience/performer discussions following each show.

Creatives

  • Ella Marchment
    Director
  • Leo Geyer
    Composer and conductor
  • Daniel Leech-Wilkinson
    Dramaturg
  • Robert Hersey
    Assistant Director
  • William Cole
    Assistant Conductor
  • Simeon John-Wake
    Movement Director
  • Frances Bradshaw
    Designer
  • Emily Adamson
    Costume Supervisor
  • Robert Youngson
    Lighting Designer
  • Beatrice Wallbank
    Stage Manager
  • Becky Peskett
    Assistant Manager
  • Maggie Schroeder
    Producer

Principals

  • Camilla Bull
    Dido
  • Isolde Roxby
    Belinda
  • Samuel Pantcheff
    Aeneas
  • Lilly Papaioannou
    Sorceress
  • Charlotte North
    First witch
  • Catrin Woodruff
    Second witch
  • Sophie Gallagher
    Second woman

Chorus and Covers

  • Madeleine Joyce
    Dido
  • Jenny Begley
    Belinda
  • Guy Withers
    Aeneas
  • Gráinne Gillis
    Sorceress
  • Emma Newman-Young
    First witch
  • Kathleen Greene
    Second witch
  • Rebecca Hardwick
    Second woman
  • Olivia Bell
    Chorus
  • Matthew Duncan
    Chorus
  • Joan Munoz
    Chorus
  • Callum Speed
    Chorus

Orchestra

  • Philippa Mo
    Lead violin
  • Clarice Rarity
    Violin I
  • Rachel Gorman
    Violin I
  • Tim Rathbone
    Violin II
  • Maria Fiore Mazzarini
    Violin II
  • Mark Gibbs
    Viola
  • Elin Parry
    Viola
  • Philip Collingham
    Continuo cello
  • Lucy Railton
    Tutti cello
  • Toby Hughes
    Double bass
  • Arngeir Hauksson
    Theorbo
  • William Cole
    Keyboards
  • Bertie Baignet
    Keyboards cover

Dido and Belinda was a collaboration between King’s College London’s Department of Music and Helios Collective, supported by the Principal’s Fund, the Arts and Humanities Research Institute, and the Cultural Institute at King’s College London.

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