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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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OPERA-GUIDE: Dido and Aeneas

All the characters begin to clear the stage after a dance in three sections, and then disperse. Virgil’s insistence on her widowhood and her commitment libgetto remain chaste is largely absent.

When I am laid in earth, May my wrongs create No trouble in thy breast; Remember me, but ah! Il coro intercala gli ordini della maga dando voce alle streghe, che prima si compiacciono del loro potere distruttivo e quindi si scatenano in due episodi in parossistico stile fugato, intessuto su grida evocatrici di pratiche di possessione diabolica; una strumentale danza delle Furie chiude la scena.

Dido fears that her love will make her a weak monarch, but Belinda and the Second Woman reassure her that “The hero loves as well. No sooner she resigns her heart, But from her arms I’m forc’d to part. Himmel und Erde planen meinen Fall: The first of the arias to be published separately was “Ah, Belinda” in Orpheus Britannicus.

She derides his reasons for leaving, and even when Aeneas says he will defy the gods and not leave Carthage, Dido rejects him for having once thought of leaving her.

Yet the work has never been more popular, with recent major productions in Vienna, Paris and Milan, and a new production by English Touring Opera for their Baroque Festival this autumn. Denn ich Gehorche euerm Willen, doch leichter fiel’ es mir zu sterben.


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Tell us, how shall this be done? DIDO Fate forbids what you pursue. Purcell responds feelingly to Tate’s hints and compact phrases. DIDO By all that’s good, no more! Anker werden gelichtet und Segel entfaltet.

To gain th’ Hesperian shore And ruined Troy restore. CHOR Ha ha ha, ha ha ha! The storm duly breaks and the courtiers hasten back to town, while the false Mercury tells Aeneas he must leave Dido and sail for Italy. aeneaw

Tate’s language darts between lyrical celebration, characterful horror, and lament. His version of King Lear held the stage for over years, perhaps because, for all its apparent textual vandalism, it has an emotional honesty. This is what happens when a woman from a pastoral is in a relationship with a man from an epic. Dido and Belinda talk for a time: Belinda believes the source of this grief to be the Trojan Aeneas, and suggests that Carthage’s troubles could be resolved by a marriage between the two.

Most famous of all elements in the opera is Dido’s lament, When I am laid in earthwith its descending ground bass borrowed from current Venetian practice. Die Hexen treten auf. D ido and Aeneas hasn’t lasted badly for a school play – if that’s what it really was. Come Ye Sons of Art Back at court, Dido has been informed of her lover’s planned departure and seeks Belinda’s counsel. Ach, lasst nicht in einem Feuer ohne Hoffnung, Einen Helden fallen, und Troja noch einmal untergehen.

Problems playing this file? 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. ACT I Dido, queen of Carthage, cannot bring herself to admit her love for the Trojan prince Aeneas, a guest at her court; he is soon to resume his journey in search of a site for a new city to replace Troy.

Dido and Aeneas

Belinda, I am prest Shake the cloud from off your brow Then let me speak Wayward sisters, you that fright Stay, Prince! It would be noble, or at least acceptable, for Aeneas to follow the decree of the Gods, but not so acceptable for him to be tricked by ill-meaning spirits.


At her undisputed Sway. The Earl of Harewood ed. Let the triumphs of love and of beauty be shown. The long-held belief that Henry Purcell’s short opera was written for a Chelsea girls’ school in has increasingly been questioned, and so too has the air of condescension that often inflected discussion of it – not so much of Purcell’s sublime music, but of the libretto by the Irish poet and playwright, Nahum Tate. Elissa blutet heut nacht, und Karthago steht morgen in Flammen. Tragic opera in three acts.

Both arias are formed on a lamento ground bass. Dido is distraught and Belinda comforts her. Sag uns, wie dies geschehen soll!

Known to have been part of the score, it is now performed as a dance taken from other, similar works by Purcell, or annd outright in the same vein, to keep the integrity and continuity of the performance. Dido and Aeneas discography. Beginning with Andrew Parrott ‘s libretgo for Chandos with the Taverner Consort and Playersthere was an increasing preference for a more genuine period sound. So zart und sanft wie einst ihr Herz, Haltet Wache hier und geht nie fort.

The same symbolism may apply to the opera. After it disappeared as a staged work, with only sporadic concert performances, until when the first staged version in modern times was diso by students of the Royal College of Music at London’s Lyceum Theatre to mark the bicentenary of Purcell’s death.