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Dido reloaded / Go, Aeneas, Go! (òpera líquida de cambra)

Six creative minds summoned by the OBNC. Xavier Bonfill, Raquel García-Tomás, Joan Magrané and Octavi Rumbau offer up this ‘flowing chamber opera’ based on the classical myth of Dido and Aeneas. Written by Cristina Cordero and directed by Jordi Pérez Solé, this is contemporary opera for a Europe in crisis.

Dido reloaded evokes the dilemmas embodied by its female protagonist, the ruler of a European country who experiences firsthand the eternal conflict between desire and duty that every leader faces. Dido and Aeneas come together at a crossroads between two cultures, immersed in a conflict of love that stems from political affairs reaching far beyond their personal desires. Dido fears that giving her love to Aeneas will diminish her ability to rule.
Go, Aeneas, Go! follows the journey of our male hero, who fights for the utopian ideal of Europe against an inauspicious backdrop. Modern Aeneas is a civil servant who, for the sake of a unified Europe, embarks on a voyage across the Union, battling skepticism in even those countries which seem most devoted to his ideas.
Mythological gods are a far cry from the world of today, but... do money, markets, growth prospects and the risk premium not leave us just as vulnerable as the humans of these tales?

Anna Alàs i Jové mezzo, Belinda and Europe / María Hinojosa soprano, Dido / Joan Ribalta tenor, Aeneas / clarinet Víctor de la Rosa / cello Cèlia Torres

composition Xavier Bonfill, Raquel García-Tomás, Joan Magrané and Octavi Rumbau / dramaturgy Cristina Cordero / scenic direction Jordi Pérez Solé (La Mama) / musical direction Francesc Prat

setting Jorge Salcedo, Jordi Pérez Solé and Ulrike Reinhard / costumes Isabel Velasco and Christina Kämper / make up Isabel Velasco and Anne-Claire Meyer / lighting Sylvia Kuchinow / video Raquel García-Tomàs / movement Anna Romaní and Èlia López / dramaturgy advisor Marc Rosich

setting assistant Joana Martí / media Neus Purtí / management Cristina Cordero / management director Dietrich Grosse

co-produced by Òpera de Butxaca i Nova Creació, Teatre Lliure, Neuköllner Oper and Berliner Opernpreis – GASAG
with the support of the Departament de Cultura de la Generalitat de Catalunya and the Ajuntament de Barcelona

thanks to the Germany General Consulate, Louise Higham, Helena Moliné and Paquita Crespo

multilingual show subtitled in Catalan
length 1h. first part / 15' interval / 30' second part / 10' epilogue

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Go,Aeneas, Go! was awarded with the First Price at the Berliner Opernpreis 14 organized by the Neuköllner Oper and GASAG.