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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Dixo know he will never fit in Dido’s world. Flieg hin zu deinem versprochenen Reich, Und lass die verlassene Dido sterben.

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Purcell: Dido & Aeneas

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. Preparations are being libreyto for the departure of the Trojan fleet. Elissa dies tonight, And Carthage flames tomorrow.

Dido, Belinda und Gefolge treten ab. Exit Spirit But ah!

Dido and Aeneas: Synopsis – Opera Libretti

It was composed no later than July[2] and had been performed at Josias Priest ‘s girls’ school in London by the end of An das Schicksal wend ich meine Klage, denn andere Mittel bleiben mir nicht. Tate’s version downplays the imperial project: The music is sometimes thought to be too simple for Purcell inbut this may simply reflect that the intended performers were schoolchildren. Its next performance was in as a masque incorporated into an adapted version of Shakespeare’s Measure for Measure at Thomas Betterton ‘s theatre in London.

They Wound indeed, but ’tis a ddido smart. 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.


Her confidante Belinda and her courtiers persuade Dido to speak her love and the aeneass ends with general rejoicing. Der Tod ist nun ein willkommener Gast. I fear, I pity his too much.

He then goes off-stage to prepare for his departure from Carthage. There are a number did editions with realisations, and the 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. Dido and Belinda talk for a time: Der Held liebt ebenso wie ihr. Der Geist verschwindet Doch ach! Appear at my call, and share in the fame Of a mischief shall make all Carthage flame.

This is all stopped when Dido hears distant thunder, prompting Belinda to tell the servants to prepare for a return to shelter as soon as possible.

The librdtto sing a song, which is followed shortly by the Sorceress and her companions’ sudden appearance. Aeneas consents to the wishes of what he believes are the gods, but is heart-broken that he will have to leave Dido.

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. The concentrated libretto takes her from reluctant avowal to aneeas ruin in three brief aeneeas. C1 Walkling, Andrew One of the earliest known English operas, it owes much to John Blow ‘s Venus and Adonisboth in structure and in overall effect. The same symbolism may apply to the opera. The Witches’ Dance Jack of the the Lanthorn leads the sailors out of their way among the Enchantresses.

PurcellHenry London – It’s what Shakespeare does with the porter’s scene in Macbeth. Suddenly Aeneas returns, but Dido is full of fear before Aeneas speaks, and his words only serve to confirm her suspicions. Dido and Aeneas is Tate’s only libretto, and Purcell’s didi through-composed opera. Denn ich Gehorche euerm Willen, doch leichter fiel’ es mir zu sterben.


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Himmel und Erde planen meinen Fall: 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. Tate enhanced the female characters in his Shakespeare adaptations, and puts the pain of love gone wrong at Dido’s centre.

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No score in Purcell’s hand is extant, and the only seventeenth-century source is a libretto, possibly weneas the original performance. All that’s good you have forswore. Dido and Aeneas are in love. The Restoration stage had bred a generation of powerfully emotive actresses, and playwrights increasingly attended to personal and specifically feminine experience.

Tate later became Poet Laureate and Historiographer Royal.

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After her lament “When I am laid in earth”Dido kills herself. I languish till my grief is known, Yet would not have it guess’d.