Our production of Dido and Aeneas takes the form of an opera-film with parallel audio and visual narratives. The music, recorded by talented singers and instrumentalists trained in baroque style, follows the opera's original libretto. The visual component tells an analogous story, centering on the Chinese actress Shangguan Yunzhu and her alleged affair with Mao Zedong before the country's Cultural Revolution. We hope to highlight the ways in which dramatic tropes and archetypes of the Western canon are, in fact, present all over the world, and to expand the relevance of this European story to a wider variety of cultures and peoples.
Released online November 28th and 29th, 2020. Available here.
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