Dido and Aeneas

More info on Dido and Aeneas

Composer:

Henry Purcell

Librettist:

Nahum Tate

Premiere:

spring 1689, London-Chelsea (Josias Priest's s

Language:

English

Synopsis:

Dido and Aeneas Synopsis

Libretto:

Dido and Aeneas Libretto

Translation(s):

Deutsch

About the opera Dido and Aeneas

Dido and Aeneas (Z. 626) is an opera in a prologue and three acts by the English Baroque composer Henry Purcell to a libretto by Nahum Tate. The first known performance was at Josias Priest's girls' school in London no later than the summer of 1688. The story is based on Book IV of Virgil's Aeneid. It recounts the love story of Dido, Queen of Carthage and the Trojan hero Aeneas, and her despair at his abandonment of her. A monumental work in Baroque opera, it is remembered as one of Purcell's foremost theatrical works. Dido and Aeneas was Purcell's first opera, as well as his only all-sung dramatic work. It is among the earliest English operas, and owes much to John Blow's Venus and Adonis, both in structure and overall effect.
Prior to Dido and Aeneas, Purcell had composed music for several stage works including nine pieces for Nathaniel Lee's Theodosius, or The Force of Love (1680) and eight songs for Thomas d'Urfey's A Fool's Preferment (1688). He also composed songs for two plays by Nahum Tate (who was to become the librettist of Dido and Aeneas), The Sicilian Usurper (1680) and Cuckold-Haven (1685). Dido and Aeneas was Purcell's first (and only) all-sung opera and derives from the English masque tradition.
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Roles in Dido and Aeneas

Dido Mezzo-Soprano or Soprano
Belinda Soprano
Second Woman Mezzo-Soprano or Soprano
Aeneas Tenor or Baritone
Sorceress Mezzo-Soprano
First Witch Mezzo-Soprano
Second Witch Mezzo-Soprano
Spirit Soprano or CounterTenor

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All scenes from Dido and Aeneas

Arias from Dido and Aeneas
Duets from Dido and Aeneas

Nr.Title scenePopularityOperaComposerActTypeVoicesLang.Roles
1Overture

Opera: Dido and AeneasComposer: PurcellAct: 1.01

Type: instrumentalVoice: n/aLanguage: English

Roles:
2Shake the cloud from off your brow

Opera: Dido and AeneasComposer: PurcellAct: 1.02

Type: ariaVoice: sopranoLanguage: English

Roles: Belinda
3Ah! Belinda I am prest

Opera: Dido and AeneasComposer: PurcellAct: 1.03

Type: ariaVoice: mezzo or sopranoLanguage: English

Roles: Dido
4Grief increases by concealing

Opera: Dido and AeneasComposer: PurcellAct: 1.04

Type: duetVoice: S Mz/SLanguage: English

Roles: Belinda/Dido
5When monarchs unite

Opera: Dido and AeneasComposer: PurcellAct: 1.05

Type: choirVoice: n/aLanguage: English

Roles:
6Whence could so much virtue spring

Opera: Dido and AeneasComposer: PurcellAct: 1.06

Type: duetVoice: Mz/S SLanguage: English

Roles: Dido/Belinda
7Fear no danger to ensue

Opera: Dido and AeneasComposer: PurcellAct: 1.07-1

Type: aria,choirVoice: sopranoLanguage: English

Roles: Belinda
8Bask dance

Opera: Dido and AeneasComposer: PurcellAct: 1.07-2

Type: Voice: n/aLanguage: English

Roles:
9See our royal guest appears

Opera: Dido and AeneasComposer: PurcellAct: 1.08

Type: duetVoice: S T/BrLanguage: English

Roles: Belinda/Aeneas
10Cupid only throws the dart

Opera: Dido and AeneasComposer: PurcellAct: 1.09

Type: choirVoice: n/aLanguage: English

Roles:
11If not for mine for Empire's sake

Opera: Dido and AeneasComposer: PurcellAct: 1.10

Type: ariaVoice: baritone or tenorLanguage: English

Roles: Aeneas
12Pursue thy conquest love

Opera: Dido and AeneasComposer: PurcellAct: 1.11

Type: ariaVoice: sopranoLanguage: English

Roles: Belinda
13To the hills and the vales

Opera: Dido and AeneasComposer: PurcellAct: 1.12

Type: choirVoice: n/aLanguage: English

Roles:
14The triumphing dance

Opera: Dido and AeneasComposer: PurcellAct: 1.13

Type: instrumentalVoice: n/aLanguage: English

Roles:
15Wayward sisters you that fright

Opera: Dido and AeneasComposer: PurcellAct: 2.01

Type: ariaVoice: mezzoLanguage: English

Roles: Sorceress
16Harm's our delight

Opera: Dido and AeneasComposer: PurcellAct: 2.02

Type: choirVoice: n/aLanguage: English

Roles:
17The Queen of Carthage

Opera: Dido and AeneasComposer: PurcellAct: 2.03

Type: ariaVoice: mezzoLanguage: English

Roles: Sorceress
18Ho ho ho

Opera: Dido and AeneasComposer: PurcellAct: 2.04

Type: choirVoice: n/aLanguage: English

Roles:
19Ruin'd ere the set of sun

Opera: Dido and AeneasComposer: PurcellAct: 2.05

Type: recitativeVoice: mezzoLanguage: English

Roles: Sorceress
20But ere we this perform

Opera: Dido and AeneasComposer: PurcellAct: 2.06

Type: duetVoice: Mz MzLanguage: English

Roles: First Witch/Second Witch
21In our deep vaulted cell

Opera: Dido and AeneasComposer: PurcellAct: 2.07

Type: choirVoice: n/aLanguage: English

Roles:
22Echo dance of furies

Opera: Dido and AeneasComposer: PurcellAct: 2.08

Type: Voice: n/aLanguage: English

Roles:
23Ritornelle

Opera: Dido and AeneasComposer: PurcellAct: 2.09

Type: instrumentalVoice: n/aLanguage: English

Roles:
24Thanks to these lonesome vales

Opera: Dido and AeneasComposer: PurcellAct: 2.10

Type: ariaVoice: sopranoLanguage: English

Roles: Belinda
25Oft she visits this loved mountain

Opera: Dido and AeneasComposer: PurcellAct: 2.11

Type: ariaVoice: mezzo or sopranoLanguage: English

Roles: Dido
26Behold upon my bending spear

Opera: Dido and AeneasComposer: PurcellAct: 2.12

Type: duetVoice: T/Br Mz/SLanguage: English

Roles: Aeneas/Dido
27Haste haste to town

Opera: Dido and AeneasComposer: PurcellAct: 2.13

Type: ariaVoice: sopranoLanguage: English

Roles: Belinda
28Stay Prince and hear

Opera: Dido and AeneasComposer: PurcellAct: 2.14

Type: duetVoice: baritone or tenorLanguage: English

Roles: Aeneas
29Then since our chorus have sped

Opera: Dido and AeneasComposer: PurcellAct: 2.15

Type: choirVoice: n/aLanguage: English

Roles:
30Grove's dance

Opera: Dido and AeneasComposer: PurcellAct: 2.16

Type: instrumentalVoice: n/aLanguage: English

Roles:
31Come away fellow sailors

Opera: Dido and AeneasComposer: PurcellAct: 3.01

Type: ariaVoice: tenorLanguage: English

Roles:
32Sailer's dance

Opera: Dido and AeneasComposer: PurcellAct: 3.02

Type: instrumentalVoice: n/aLanguage: English

Roles:
33See see the flags

Opera: Dido and AeneasComposer: PurcellAct: 3.03

Type: duetVoice: Mz MzLanguage: English

Roles: Sorceress/First Witch
34Our next motion

Opera: Dido and AeneasComposer: PurcellAct: 3.04

Type: ariaVoice: mezzoLanguage: English

Roles: Sorceress
35Destruction's our delight

Opera: Dido and AeneasComposer: PurcellAct: 3.05

Type: choirVoice: n/aLanguage: English

Roles:
36Witches dance

Opera: Dido and AeneasComposer: PurcellAct: 3.06

Type: instrumentalVoice: n/aLanguage: English

Roles:
37But death alas I cannot shun

Opera: Dido and AeneasComposer: PurcellAct: 3.08-1

Type: aria,choirVoice: mezzo or sopranoLanguage: English

Roles: Dido
38Great minds against themselves

Opera: Dido and AeneasComposer: PurcellAct: 3.08-2

Type: choirVoice: n/aLanguage: English

Roles:
39Thy hand Belinda when I am laid

Opera: Dido and AeneasComposer: PurcellAct: 3.09

Type: ariaVoice: mezzo or sopranoLanguage: English

Roles: Dido
40When I am laid in earth

Opera: Dido and AeneasComposer: PurcellAct: 3.10

Type: ariaVoice: mezzo or sopranoLanguage: English

Roles: Dido
41With drooping wings Cupids come

Opera: Dido and AeneasComposer: PurcellAct: 3.11

Type: choirVoice: n/aLanguage: English

Roles:
42Cupic's dance

Opera: Dido and AeneasComposer: PurcellAct: 3.12

Type: Voice: n/aLanguage: English

Roles: