Opening Night – Dido And Aeneas

March 4, 2015 — 70 Comments



Opening night of Dido and Aeneas, stage make-up done, excitement at boiling point, thank you all for your positive energy, feeling it ๐Ÿ™‚

Best wishes



Here are some photographs taken by the RCS.

RCS 01

RCS 02


Here is the review from the The Herald written by Keith Bruce

The Opera Project, Royal Conservatoire of Scotland, Glasgow

Four Stars

The unassuming portmanteau title given to this double bill, featuring senior students at the Conservatoire, masks a very fine double bill of short operas written three centuries apart, which has further performances tonight and tomorrow and will more than reward the effort of catching at the Alexander Gibson Opera Studio.

Both crucially showcase the significance of the new name for “the Academy”, as they feature dancers from Modern Ballet course working alongside undergraduates and masters students of music. Kally Lloyd Jones has choreographed both the dancers and the singing company in both shows in what is an admirable example of integration at work.

The dancers crucially animate Mark Hathaway’s staging of Purcell’s Dido and Aeneas, a piece which is full of good music but only really has the one great tune, given a heart-breaking performance at the close of the tale by the full-voiced Eirlys Myfanwy Davies. She was very ably supported by Charlie Drummond, Jane Monari (Sorceress), Charlotte Hoather and Anna Churchill (coke-snorting witches) and particularly Victoria Stevens as her sister Belinda, whose bold first entrance signalled a skill for dramatic phrasing.

With a baroque band of seven and a chorus of eight, under the baton of Tim Dean, this was a well-resourced and very effectively, if minimally, staged Dido. Our Aeneas, Euros Campbell, however, looked much more comfortable as Le Directeur, opening proceedings for the juicy rarity that is Poulenc’s Les Mamelles de Tiresias. This outrageous post-Second World War appeal for French procreation, with a libretto by Apollinaire from his own First World War play requires a good deal of cross-dressing, much dada-ist larking about, and our heroine to liberate her balloon breasts from her bodice and become a proud, flat-chested, and, um, bearded, feminist.

In fact Le Directeur’s prologue (and another layer of satire about opera staging) is preceded here by tenor Matthew Thomas Morgan singing the rather more serious Apollinaire/Poulenc song Bleuet in a clever piece of period contextualising by musical director Oliver Rundell. Morgan returns later as Le Journaliste in the picaresque tale that incorporates vaudeville, a hilarious snippet of classical ballet, and a big mirrorball palais de dance finish. Barbara Cole Walton and Luke Sinclair are both excellent as the central couple in a company that includes fine performances throughout and is musically sure-footed over tricky terrain, accompanied by pianists Marija Struckova and Michal Gajzler in the version made by Benjamin Britten for Aldeburgh. The piece is a gem, and a real hoot to boot.

70 responses to Opening Night – Dido And Aeneas


    Just don’t disappoint yourself: enjoy every minute.


      Thanks Martin I did enjoy every minute, it was a fabulous opportunity to work with everyone, Iโ€™ve put a copy of the program into the original blog post.

      Best wishes


    No, Thanks to you Charlotte, you are a fabulouse personne !!! All the very best for you !


      Thank you, the whole team rocked ๐Ÿ™‚ My final night was your birthday hope you had a great day too.

      Best wishes


        Thanks Charlotte and thanks for following the blog.
        I took a whole week off work for my birthday and it was great. Mrs Harker took me out to buy running shoes, and I managed two miles round the park (albeit very slowly and with much huffing and puffing).
        Are you going to post any of your performance on your blog?


    go for it !!!


    May the Lord bless you as you look wonderful, and the best is yet to come.


    Kick some butt there Missy H…!


    You look lovely! You are going to do amazing!โœฟโœฟโœฟโœฟ


    Break the proverbial leg! Woof, woof, woof.


    You look every bit the part, have fun and enjoy the moment! ๐Ÿ’๐Ÿ’๐Ÿ’๐Ÿ‘๐Ÿ‘๐Ÿ‘


    I feel god to know you are lovely and happy. Ever possible fullfill your beauty with the joy of your contentment and self- realization.
    You are very inteligent, smart and an awesome ever. All my best wishes for you like a brillant singer at your chosen career you’ve selected for your life. With greetings of cheers, from friend Telma.


    You look beeeeautiful!!!! Hope it goes amazing – have fun ๐Ÿ™‚ XXXX


    Enjoy your performance and the experience! It is kind of nice to think that for a night, people are forgetting about their day to day lives. All to have your company take them away and entertain them.


      Thanks for your great message Steve, this is what helps me to keep my energy up right to the end of a run knowing that the third night in might be someoneโ€™s first night out in a long time.

      Best wishes


    Have fun and knock them dead! Xo


    I hope all has gone well. You look fabulous!


    Good luck, you look great!


    You look stunning and very happy. Hoping the evening was a great one! Your USA Friend, Chery


    You look wonderful dear Charlotte!Positive energy & my best wishes from me!
    Greetings from Greece! ๐Ÿ™‚


    Hope it all went great! You look splendid, and I’m sure sang more splendidly still!

    All the best,



    What fun and excitement you must be feeling with this…wonderful and it would be something to get lost in such a performance. Cheers to a great adventure!


      Oh yes, I did get lost in it, my parents thought Iโ€™d been a bit too realistic when I cut into my arm because the blood effects were soooo good. Hereโ€™s to more adventures ๐Ÿ™‚

      Best wishes


    Really cool!


    You’re beautiful!


    Sorry I missed sending you good luck. The photos look fabulous. You look fabulous. Hope it all went to plan.


      It’s been a great week thanks Hilary, my friend Silvia came to watch tonight and said it was wonderful so that’s great, my parents are up in Glasgow for the final performance tomorrow. I have had tremendous help and support from the cast, dancers, director and choreographer to get into character helped along by great musicianship from the orchestra you’d love the show I’m sure. 4* review in The Herald ( added to the end of my post )

      Best wishes


    Stunning shots… and you look beautiful, almost like Aphrodite :star:
    Best wishes Charlotte! Aquileana ๐Ÿ˜€


    Well done Charlotte, you look fabulous a true professional xx


    Wow Charlotte, you look fabulous, so pleased it went well, wish we could have been there. Roll on April see you then.xx๐Ÿ˜˜๐Ÿ˜˜


    Oh, you’re the Star?


    My son, James Darling, opens tonight in a rejuvenation of Bye Bye Birdie. I admire those who make theater come to life. I will be seeing the show on Sunday.

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