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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From the ruin of others our pleasures we borrow; Elissa bleeds tonight, and Carthage flames tomorrow. How can so hard a fate be took? Dido anticipates death from the start of the opera, and everything confirms her conviction that happiness is deceptive and only disaster is certain. This pretend Mercury brings the command of Jove that Aeneas is to wait no longer in beginning his task of creating a new Troy on Latin soil.

Dido and Aeneas

Appear at my call, and share in the fame Of a mischief shall make all Carthage flame. Gustav Holst dismissed the libretto as “the most wretched balderdash”. DIDO Fate forbids what you pursue. They define his life and his art”Toronto Star9 Julyp. Known to have been part of the score, it is now performed as a dance taken from other, similar works by Purcell, or invented outright in the same vein, to keep the integrity and continuity of the performance.

Dido, the widowed Queen of Carthage, entertains the Trojan Prince Aeneas, shipwrecked on his way to Italy, where he will found a new Troy. Ten Thousand Livretto Harmes. From Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia. Views Read Edit View llibretto. It is played annually by a military band at the Cenotaph remembrance ceremonywhich takes place on the Sunday nearest to 11 November Armistice Day in London’s Whitehall.


Critics continue to search for an allegorical interpretation, but with the date so uncertain, it can plausibly be read as a warning to Charles II, his short-lived successor, James, or even to the ruling partnership of William and Mary. Virgil’s insistence on her widowhood and her commitment to remain chaste is largely absent.

Putnam’s and Sons,pp. Helen Eastman, directing English Touring Opera’s new production, suggests that the witches suffer from what she calls “Dido-envy”.

Go revel, ye Cupids, the day is your own.

Eine Furie meldet, dass Aeneas und Dido auf der Jagd sind. Anker werden gelichtet und Segel entfaltet. The opera opens oibretto Dido in her court with her attendants. The dates of the composition and first performance of the opera are uncertain. They Wound indeed, but ’tis a pleasing smart. No score in Purcell’s hand is extant, and the only seventeenth-century source is a libretto, possibly from the original performance. Beginning with Andrew Parrott ‘s recording for Chandos with the Taverner Consort and Playersthere was an increasing preference for ljbretto more genuine period sound.

Meanwhile, Dido and Aeneas, having spent the night together, are being entertained in a grove by Belinda and a courtier.

Instead, Tate concentrates on her internal turmoil – whether to let desire tug her forward, or to resist her feelings for Aeneas – and for much of the opera she speaks reluctantly, with a dark, terse pessimism. Wie kann ich ein so hartes Schicksal ertragen?


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The fact that the libretto from the Chelsea School performance indicates two dances for guitar, the “Dance Gittars Chacony” in act 1, and the “Gittar Ground a Dance” in the ‘Grove’ scene of act 2, has led one scholar to suggest that Purcell envisaged a guitar as a primary member of the continuo group for the opera.

Aeneas geht ab Doch ach, den Tod kann ich nicht meiden; Der Tod ist gewiss, ist er gegangen.

Phoebus all Events can see. Back at court, Dido has been informed of her lover’s planned departure and seeks Belinda’s counsel.

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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. Dido, Queen of Carthage c. His queen is fascinating because she is so withholding.

Let the triumphs of love and of beauty be shown. We know he will never fit in Dido’s world. It has also been transcribed or used in many scores, including the soundtrack to the HBO miniseries Band of Brothers renamed “Nixon’s Walk”. To Fate I sue, of other means bereft, The only refuge for the wretched left.

Dido and Aeneas is Tate’s only libretto, and Purcell’s only through-composed opera.