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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It has been plausibly suggested that Purcell’s short opera Dido and Aeneas was originally designed as a court masque, and possible topical political aejeas 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.

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No sooner she resigns her heart, But from her arms I’m forc’d to part. What storms, what battles did he sing? Purcell responds feelingly to Tate’s hints and compact phrases.

Anchises’ valour mix’d with Venus’ charms How soft in peace, and yet how fierce in arms! Tate’s version downplays the imperial project: This was also the first project on which he and Purcell collaborated – the composer supplied a plangent prison songfinding emotional aemeas in the sparest lyrics. For I Obey your will, but with more ease could die. Soft and gentle as her heart Keep here your watch, and never part.

A version of the opera adapted to modern dance was choreographed by the American Mark Morriswho originally danced both the roles of Dido and the Sorceress. The dates of the composition and first performance of the opera are uncertain.

Suddenly Aeneas returns, but Dido is full of fear before Aeneas speaks, and his words only serve to confirm her suspicions.

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Aeneas geht ab Doch ach, den Tod kann ich nicht meiden; Der Tod ist gewiss, ist er gegangen. Back at court, Dido has been informed of her lover’s planned departure and seeks Belinda’s counsel. Dido and Aeneas Z. So zart und sanft wie einst ihr Herz, Haltet Wache hier und geht nie fort. No score in Purcell’s hand is extant, and the only seventeenth-century source is a libretto, possibly from the original performance.

Dido and Aeneas

Now carry your Game, or for ever give o’re. Elissa blutet heut nacht, und Karthago steht morgen in Flammen. It has also been transcribed or used in many scores, including the soundtrack to the HBO miniseries Band of Brothers renamed “Nixon’s Walk”.

Deborah Warner, who directed an acclaimed recent production in Vienna, marvels at the “fantastic clash of high comedic scenes, followed a second later by painful tragedy. Elissa dies tonight, And Carthage flames tomorrow. The Restoration stage had bred a generation of powerfully emotive actresses, and playwrights increasingly attended to personal and specifically feminine experience. 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.

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. Beginning with Andrew Parrott ‘s recording for Chandos with the Taverner Consort and Playersthere was an increasing preference for a more genuine period sound. To your promis’d empire fly And let forsaken Dido die. Denn ich Gehorche euerm Willen, doch leichter fiel’ es mir zu sterben.

His version of King Lear held the stage for over years, perhaps because, for all its apparent textual vandalism, it has an emotional honesty. Tate took his art, and perhaps himself, seriously. He then goes off-stage to prepare for his departure from Carthage. Phoebus all Events can see.


Ach, lasst nicht in einem Feuer ohne Hoffnung, Einen Helden fallen, und Troja noch einmal untergehen. Leopold Stokowski made a string orchestra arrangement of “Dido’s Lament” and in addition to his own recordings, others who have recorded it include Matthias BamertJose SerebrierRichard Egarr and Iona Brown.

Purcell, Henry PurcellHenry London – There are a number of editions with realisations, and libbretto opera’s accessibility to amateur performers is a feature that has greatly abetted the growth of its popularity in the latter half of the twentieth century. 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. To Fate I sue, libregto other means bereft, The only refuge for the wretched left.

Originally based on Nahum Tate’s play Brutus of Alba, or The Enchanted Loversthe opera is likely, at least to some extent, to be allegorical. Synopses of Opera Index of Operas by Composer.

Heute nacht sollen unsere Anker gelichtet werden. Schon naht Dido und kurz darauf Aeneas, der einen gewaltigen Eber erlegt hat. Dido and Aeneas is Tate’s only libretto, and Purcell’s eaneas through-composed opera.

List of compositions by Henry Purcell. They Wound indeed, but ’tis a pleasing smart. They sing in F minor, which is the ‘evil key’ – you don’t often get it in Purcell.

Remember not, Lord, our offences c. One night enjoy’d, the next forsook. No repentance shall reclaim The injur’d Dido’s slighted flame.

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