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The Queen of Carthage

Opera details:

Opera title:

Dido and Aeneas

Composer:

Henry Purcell

Language:

English

Synopsis:

Dido and Aeneas Synopsis

Libretto:

Dido and Aeneas Libretto

Translation(s):

Deutsch

Aria details:

Type:

aria

Role(s):

Sorceress

Voice(s):

Mezzo-Soprano

Act:

2.03

Previous scene: Harm's our delight
Next scene: Ho ho ho

Dido's Lament Animation Test

Singer: Emma Kirkby

Music: Emma Kirkby - When I am Laid In Earth


In the Roman legend Aeneid, Aeneas's (a Trojan warrior) ship is blown off course, leaving him shipwrecked in Carthage. He and Dido, the queen of Carthage, have a love affair which is disrupted when Aeneas is summoned back to Italy. Heartbroken, Queen Dido orders a large pyre built. On the pyre, she impales herself and is set on fire so Aeneas will see it from the ship. In the opera, she sings this song right before her death.

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Libretto/Lyrics/Text/Testo:

SORCERESS
The Queen of Carthage, whom we hate,
As we do all in prosp'rous state,
Ere sunset, shall most wretched prove,
Depriv'd of fame, of life and love!

English Libretto or Translation:

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Full English translation Dido and Aeneas