Cécile Roussat et Julien Lubek credit Michel Ramonet

Dido and Aeneas Purcell’s spectacular staging of Roussat and Lubek for the first time in Liège!

To stage this gem, we rediscover the dreamlike world of Cécile Roussat and Julien Lubek who have already put their name, on the stage of Wallonie Opera, to La Cenerentola by Rossini (2014) and La Flûte enchantée by Mozart (2015). The 2014 staging by Opéra de Rouen Haute-Normandie, in co production with Versailles Opéra is presented today in Liège !

Cecile Roussat and Julien Lubek met in 2000 while studying mime with Marcel Marceau. After graduating from his international mime school in Paris, they trained for several years in drama, acrobatics, puppet theatre, dance and illusion in various institutions including the Centre National des Arts du Cirque. Since 2004, they have been developing a unique theatrical identity through visual, poetical and multidisciplinary shows.

The conductor of Les Agrémens and the Chœur de Chambre of Namur, Guy Van Waas will bring his talent and his authenticity to this magnificent musical score.

The cast involved,  in five performances of the opera, from 9th to 14th May, includes internationally recognized artists. The soprano Roberta Invernizzi, interpreter of Dido also last season at the Teatro Regio in Turin, is one of the most popular artists of the baroque repertoire and debuts at the Regio in her most congenial role. The tenor Carlo Allemano plays the witch, a choice of high stylistic taste: Allemano, with his powerful and flexible timbre, is an artist able to create that unique combination of severity and irony that the character requires. the baritone Benoît Arnould is Enea a role he played in Rouen and Versailles last season.

Teaser of the Production
purcell_dido_and_aneas“the present release (for Alpha) succeeds as well as any, while still coming across as somewhat distanced. ” Gramophone
Tue, 09/05/2017 to Sun, 14/05/2017


First time at the Opera de Wallonie.

Following the fall of Troy, Æneas flees to Carthage where the beautiful Dido reigns. They fall in love. A sorceress who is hostile towards the queen incites Æneas to fulfil his destiny and leave her. Torn between love and duty, he decides to stay, but Dido, grieved by his hesitation, chases him away. As soon as he departs, she commits suicide in a poignant adieu.

Conductor: Guy VAN WAAS
Direction, set designs, costume designs & choreography: Cécile ROUSSAT and Julien LUBEK
Lighting designs: Marc GINGOLD
Choirmaster: Thibaut LENAERTS

Dido: Roberta INVERNIZZI *
Æneas: Benoit ARNOULD *
Belinda: Katherine CROMPTON *
Sorceress and Sailor: Carlo ALLEMANO *
Second woman: Jenny DAVIET *
First witch: Caroline MENG *
Second witch: Benedetta MAZZUCATO *

Dancers: Sayaka KASUYA, Sarasa MATSUMOTO
Acrobats: Edwin CONDETTE, Tarzana FOURES, Mélanie MALET, Adèle ALAGUETTE, Antoine HELOU, Ahmed SAID

Doublure “Spirit”: Rudy GODDIN


Orchestra: Ensemble Les Agrémens
Choirs: Chœur de Chambre de Namur
Production: Opéra de Rouen Haute-Normandie in collaboration with Le Poème Harmonique

With the support of the Fédération Wallonie-Bruxelles,  the Ville de Namur, the Province de Namur and the Port autonome de Namur.