Dido and Aeneas. An Opera Performed at Mr. Josias Priest’s Boarding School at Chelsea By Young Gentlewomen. The Words Made by Mr. Nahum Tate. Dido and Aeneas (Henry Purcell): Synopsis, Libretto, Highlights, MIDI, Noten, Sheet Music. Purcell’s Dido and Aeneas is a gem, but the libretto, written by the man who gave King Lear a happy ending, has been widely mocked. Not any.

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Aeneas and his dkdo prepare to leave, to the delight of the witches. Denn ich Gehorche euerm Willen, doch leichter fiel’ es mir zu sterben. The queen confronts Aeneas, silences his excuses and dismisses him.

CHOR Ha ha ha, ha ha ha! DIDO Fate forbids what you pursue. The witches gloat over their victory and sing of their delight. Tell us, how shall this be done? See Harris pp. Although he did not tap into Purcell’s gift for comedy or spectacle, he did speak to the composer’s gift for setting words with heartfelt emotion.

Virgil ‘s Aeneid 19 BC. Let the triumphs of love and of beauty be shown. Belinda is trying to cheer up Dido, but Dido is full of sorrow, saying ‘Peace and I are strangers grown’. Andd storm duly breaks and the courtiers hasten back to town, while the false Mercury tells Aeneas he must leave Dido and sail for Italy.


One of the earliest known English operas, it owes much to John Blow ‘s Venus and Adonisboth in structure and in overall effect. An deinem Busen lass ddido ruhen. This would leave Dido heartbroken, and she would surely die. You may disable the use of cookies if you do not wish to accept them, however, this may limit the website’s overall functionality. Retrieved from ” https: Macy accessed 31 Decembergrovemusic. Appear at my call, and share in the fame Of lobretto mischief shall make all Carthage flame.

Known to have been part of the score, it is now performed as a dance taken from other, similar works anx Purcell, or invented outright in the same vein, to keep the integrity and continuity of the performance. There are a number of editions with realisations, and the opera’s aenead to amateur performers is a feature that has greatly abetted the growth of its popularity in the latter half of the twentieth century.

Phoebus all Events can see. To Fate I sue, of other means bereft, The only refuge for the wretched left.

Dido and Aeneas: Synopsis – Opera Libretti

White, Bryan, ‘Letter from Aleppo: I languish till my grief is known, Yet would not have it guess’d. The opera opens with Dido in her court with her attendants.

In Virgil, the gods first bring them together, and then intervene to remind Aeneas that he is being distracted from his greater mission – the founding of Rome. This is a darkly adult work, but even so librettto remains popular in schools.

Purcell: Dido & Aeneas

To gain th’ Hesperian shore And ruined Troy restore. One night enjoy’d, the next forsook.


Exit Spirit But ah! It has also been transcribed or used in many scores, including the soundtrack to the HBO miniseries Band of Brothers renamed “Nixon’s Walk”. We do know that the first recorded production liretto place in at a boarding school for young gentlewomen in Chelsea, produced by Josiah Priest, a professional dancer and choreographer.

The chorus join in with terrible laughter, and the Enchantresses decide to conjure up a storm to make Dido and her train leave the grove and return to the palace. Dido and Aeneas discography.

The dates of the composition and first performance of the opera are uncertain.

Dido and Aeneas

Tragic opera in three acts. This page was last edited on 30 Septemberat The same symbolism may apply to the opera.

Keep here your watch, and never, never part. It has been plausibly suggested that Purcell’s short opera Dido and Aeneas was originally designed aemeas a court masque, and possible topical political allusions have been proposed, notably in the light of the future James II’s Catholicism, seen to deflect him from his duty as a future king, a hypothetical intrigue that casts the Jesuits as witches.

When the spell is prepared, the witches vanish in a thunderclap.