The Queen of Carthage

World Premiere

Thursday, July 27, 2023 | 8:00 p.m.
SFU Goldcorp Centre for the Arts

The Queen of Carthage is a new collaboration between Early Music Vancouver and re:Naissance Opera, premiering opening night of the 2023 Early Music Vancouver Summer Festival. The theme of the festival this year is WOMENinSIGHT – celebrating women composers, librettists, and performers of the past and present.

Tickets go on sale Monday, April 3 at noon HERE.


A seamless blend of Baroque and contemporary song and dance, this interdisciplinary performance is a powerful reclamation of the story of Dido, The Queen of Carthage, and her legacy as a political leader, an empire builder and a woman of colour. This operatic performance, created by re:Naissance Opera, features commissioned works by contemporary composers Jessica McMann, Robyn Jacob and Afarin Mansouri, along with those of Baroque composers Henry Purcell and John Dowland. This project places Dido through a prism, in which her story as a multifaceted leader, lover and outcast are shown in their fullness.


Charlotte Siegel

Marisa Gold

Jessica McMann

Robyn Jacob

Afarin Mansouri

Catalina Vicens

Debi Wong

Stephanie Wong


Choreographer and Dancer




Music Director

Stage Director

Stage Director

Co-produced by re:Naissance Opera and Early Music Vancouver