The Academy of Ancient Music (AAM) and the Barbican are sorry to announce that Christine Rice has had to withdraw from the performance of Purcell’s Dido and Aeneas on Tuesday 2 October at the Barbican due to a family bereavement.
We are very pleased to announce that Australian mezzo-soprano Caitlin Hulcup has agreed to perform the role of Dido in her place. She will join soprano Rowan Pierce who performs the role of Belinda, Ashley Riches as Aeneas, and Neal Davies as Sorcerer. Caitlin Hulcup recently appeared as Aristeo in Rossi’s Orpheus in the Royal Opera’s co-production with Shakespeare’s Globe, in the title role of Gluck’s Orfeo; as Ariodante for Scottish Opera; and as Idamante in Idomeneo for Garsington Opera. She is Professor of Singing at the Royal Academy of Music and a visiting academic to the University of Melbourne.
The soloists are joined on stage by the Academy of Ancient Music and the Choir of the AAM, and will be directed from the harpsichord by AAM Music Director Richard Egarr. The new semi-staged production is directed by Thomas Guthrie, who expands on Dido’s tragic fate by preceding the opera with an imagined funeral for the late Queen, accompanied by a selection of Purcell’s music. There will be a pre-concert talk at 6.30pm in the Barbican Hall: BBC Radio 3 presenter Andrew McGregor will be in conversation with Richard Egarr, Thomas Guthrie and Caitlin Hulcup. The performance starts at 7.30pm.