The Vache Baroque Festival, a new and exciting open-air music venue, will open its doors to the public on 4th and 6th September 2020 for the first time, with two performances of Purcell’s opera, Dido & Aeneas.
The festival aims to bring audiences first-class Baroque music in a stunning outdoor setting. The VBF is set in the grounds of The Vache, a historic stately home located in Chalfont St Giles, Buckinghamshire, within the heart of the Chilterns Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty.
Grounds open from 4pm and patrons are strongly encouraged to bring a picnic (hampers are also available to purchase online), enjoy a drink from the onsite bar and explore the beautiful gardens before the opera starts at 7.15pm.
In an attempt to keep the peace, Dido, Queen of Carthage agrees to marry Trojan Prince, Aeneas. As feelings grow, a blissful future seems certain. But unbeknownst to the happy couple, lurking spirits threaten to tear them apart…
Directed by critically-acclaimed 2007-2009 Jette Parker Young Artist Stage Director Thomas Guthrie, musically directed by Jonathan Darbourne and choreographed by Ukweli Roach, with members of his dance company Bird Gang performing, Dido & Aeneas will enchant and inspire in this modern take on a well known myth.
Katie Bray, winner of the Dame Joan Sutherland Audience Prize at Cardiff Singer of the World 2019, leads the cast as Dido, Queen of Carthage. She is joined by: Jolyon Loy (Aeneas), Betty Makharinsky (Belinda), Angela Hicks (Second Woman), James Geidt (Sorcerer), Esther Mallett (First Witch), Sarah Anne Champion (Second Witch), and Rory Carver (Sailor).
For more information and to book tickets, head to the website: www.vachebaroquefestival.com
Friday 4th September, 7.15pm with grounds opening from 4pm
Sunday 6th September, 7.15pm with grounds opening from 4pm
Running time of Dido & Aeneas: approximately 1 hour with no interval.
The Vache, Vache Lane, Chalfont St. Giles, HP8 4SD
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