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, with Co-presenter SFU Woodward’s Cultural Programs. The theme of the festival this year is WOMENinSIGHT – celebrating women composers, librettists, and performers of the past and present.

The Opera

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.


Cecilia Duarte

Marisa Gold

Juolin Lee

Jessica McMann

Robyn Jacob

Afarin Mansouri

Catalina Vicens

Debi Wong

Stephanie Wong

Dido, Soprano

Choreographer and Dancer





Music Director

Co-Stage Director

Co-Stage Director

Co-produced by re:Naissance Opera and Early Music Vancouver;
Co-Presented with SFU Woodward’s Cultural Programs

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