Dido and Aeneas



Ludovico’s Band is one of Australia’s most dynamic Baroque bands acclaimed for its performances of music from the 16th to the 18th centuries.

The combination of multiple plucked string instruments with soaring violins and a rich bowed bass creates a unique and exotic sound world.

Purcell’s great masterpiece Dido and Aeneas packs more into its 60 minutes than should be possible. The tragic tale of the ill-fated lovers is told through arias, duets, choruses, danses and laments, with a cast of sailors, witches, spirits, heroes and villains. In partnership with the extraordinary students from the Victorian College of the Arts Secondary School (VCASS), and with guest soloists Sally-Anne Russell (Dido) and Bethany Hill (Belinda), Jacqueline Dark (Sorceress), and Jeremy Kleeman (Aeneas), this is a rare performance of this exquisite, beautiful and powerful work.

Presented by Melbourne Recital Centre & Ludovico’s Band


Henry Purcell
Dido and Aeneas


Ludovico’s Band
Sally Anne Russell Dido
Bethany Hill Belinda
Jacqueline Dark Sorceress
Jeremy Kleeman Aeneas
Soloists, chorus and instrumentalists from VCASS


This production is part of the following series:

Southbank Series 2018

Melbourne Recital Centre’s Southbank Series brings talented artists from across Australia to Melbourne for audiences to enjoy in the best place to hear.

Ludovico's Band

Ludovico’s Band creates a unique sound world that explores cutting edge music of the Baroque period.