One of the most powerful operas is to be staged in Bangkok this month.

The Bangkok Symphony Orchestra  (BSO) Foundation has announced it is to stage a production of Dido and Aeneas in the city this month.

Taking place in the Thailand Cultural Centre between May 18th and 20th, the Baroque opera is a dramatic romantic performance that was composed by Henry Purcell in the 1600s.

It tells the story of Dido, the Queen of Carthage, who is abandoned by her lover, the Trojan hero Aeneas.

Performed in English, it is one of the first examples of an opera that had been created in the language.

In total, 20 talented singers will perform the opera, with leading vocalists including Saran Suebsantiwongse and Ayano Kimura taking to the stage.

The production by the BSO is marked as it will be playing host to renowned harpsichordist and conductor Shalev Ad-el, who has performed with some of the world’s best orchestras and musicians.

Tickets for the show are available for 600 Thai baht (£12), with concessions offered for students.

Written by Erin Marshall

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