A strong cast and a committed chorus delivered a heartfelt performance of Purcell’s Dido and Aeneas at the Albany in Deptford last night. I loved it.
Special mention Idunnu Munchen as Dido, William Towers as a very creepy Sorcerer, and Martin Farnsworth as Aeneas. Top marks to Alison Rose (Belinda) whose voice is, frankly, perfection.
Rather lovely to feel as involved in the action in the way that we did. Chorus members and soloists mingled in amongst the audience downstairs and up creating a near-surround experience.
The inclusion of a local amateur chorus (a trademark of Blackheath Opera’s commitment to community opera not only represented the local population but made me as an audience member feel a part of it – an illustration of yet another Blackheath Halls opera that commits to making good use of limited resources.
Rather lovely to have this kind of spirited performance of my doorstep. A delight.
Dido and Aeneas at the The Albany in Deptford runs until Friday 20 July.