Queen of Carthage

City Opera


World Premiere Adaptation
Original libretto by Cory Hibbs based on Henry Purcell's Dido and Aeneas
Directed by Cynthia Stokes

150 Person Capacity Per Performance
Run time: 60 minutes

Queen of Carthage

About the Production

Queen of Carthage is a contemporary re-imagining of Henry Purcell’s Baroque opera Dido and Aeneas set in a grove of trees overlooking the Pacific Ocean. The new libretto delves into Dido’s self-sabotage in spite of Aeneas’ love for her. The words and music combine to tell a story of betrayal, obsession and jealousy.

Patron Note

Outdoor performance. Blanket seating provided.

Please note that this show takes place outside of the festival village. We recommend allowing 20-30 minutes travel time.

Complimentary shuttle service is provided. Shuttle pick-up and drop-off is located on the corner of Scholar’s Drive and Revelle Drive in the Festival Village. Shuttles run approximately every 20 minutes. Return shuttle service available back to the Festival Village.

City Opera

City Opera

led by Co-Artistic Directors Cory Hibbs and Cynthia Stokes, is a new, artist-driven opera company in San Diego dedicated to building community by turning beautiful music into stunning theatre and contributing to the dynamic reimagining of opera in America for the 21st century.


All tickets


  • FRI: 5:15 pm
  • SAT: 5:15 pm
  • SUN: 5:15 pm


Eucalyptus grove at Scripps Institute of Oceanography

10 minute walk from Festival Village. Shuttle provided.