Venus & Adonis / Dido & Aeneas - two great operas of the English Baroque

A magical double bill

20 May to 29 May

Full price: £32 Under-25 Concessions: £15 (Plus £1 +3% booking fee)

Produced and presented by HGO

Strong, powerful and dynamic women are caught up in love that will sap both their identity and their agency; for them, love proves fundamentally unkind….

HGO’s new double-bill production of John Blow’s ‘Venus and Adonis’ and Henry Purcell’s ‘Dido and Aeneas’ explores the darkness and sorrow that can brew in the heart of love and passion, as revealed by these one-act Baroque masterpieces. Jessica Dalton's magical production, switches between a mythical present and a Baroque vision of classical myth and highlights also the comedy and satire  in the texts and music.

With baroque orchestra accompaniment provided by HGOAntiqua Orchestra under musical director Seb Gillot, HGO's production features as always some of the country's most talented young opera singers.

Friday 20 to Sunday 22 and Wednesday 25 to Sunday 29 May 2022 - 7:30pm each day, apart from Sundays - 4pm

You can download a free flipbook programme for the production here which you can use on your computer or mobile device or print out as a pdf.
If you need help using the flipbook, click here.
Free castlists will be available at the theatre on the night.


From the reviews of HGO's 2021 production of 'L'Egisto' at The Cockpit:

"Superb voices and terrific performances keep the magic simmering" - Hampstead and Highgate Express

"The singers excelled, showing considerable stage gifts" - Seen and Heard International

"A compelling production of Cavalli’s opera that brings contemporary style and insight to baroque conventions” - The Stage

"A talented orchestra and some outstanding voices…I encourage you to see this production.” - The Spy in the Stalls