Opera Queensland in association with Circa Dido and Aeneas Henry Purcell

Until 27 Jul 2024
Playhouse, QPAC
1 hour 10 minutes
(no interval, subject to change without notice)
$65 - $129 *
* A transaction fee of $7.20 applies.

Available Discounts

Concession, Student, Child, Groups, Schools

A pair of lovers. An evil sorceress. A doomed affair.  

Dido and Aeneas, a timeless tale of love and tragedy, is given new life by the internationally renowned, Brisbane based Circa, whose sublime acrobatics are the perfect complement to Henry Purcell’s profoundly beautiful music. 

Inspired by Virgil's epic poem, The Aeneid, the opera tells the story of the ill-fated romance between Dido, Queen of Carthage, and Aeneas, the shipwrecked Trojan prince, whose love is thwarted by the malevolent sorceress. 

Following the great success of Orpheus and Eurydice, Yaron Lifschitz returns to Opera Queensland with an ensemble of Circa acrobats to celebrate all the wonder and brilliance that is born of the marriage of circus and opera.

Presented by Opera Queensland in association with Circa
Dido and Aeneas is supported by the Frazer Family Foundation.

Special Events

Pre-Performance Talks

  • Thu 18 Jul 2024, 6:30 PM
  • Sat 20 Jul 2024, 6:30 PM
  • Thu 25 Jul 2024, 6:30 PM
  • Sat 27 Jul 2024, 12:30 PM

Complimentary pre-performance talks are free to attend, will commence 1 hour before each performance noted on 18, 20, 25 and 27 July, and last approximately 25 minutes. The talk will take place inside the Playhouse Lounge.


To book the below accessibility enhanced performances please call QTIX Group Sales: (07) 3840 7466 or email groups@qtix.com.au.

Audio Described

  • Sat 27 Jul 2024, 1:30 PM

Trained Audio Describers provide a commentary with concise descriptions of actions, expressions and gestures to compliment the theatre experience for patrons who are blind or have low vision. Description is relayed via a discreet headset linked to the infrared audio system.


  • Conductor Benjamin Bayl 
  • Director Yaron Lifschitz 
  • Design Libby McDonnell


  • Dido Anna Dowsley
  • Aeneas Sebastian Maclaine 
  • Ensemble Opera Queensland
  • Orchestra Queensland Symphony Orchestra

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