Henry Purcel (1659 - 1695) : Dido's Lament
"Thy hand, Belinda, darkness shades me, On thy bosom let me rest, More I would, but Death invades me; Death is now a welcome guest.
When I am laid in earth, may my wrongs create No trouble in thy breast; Remember me, but ah! forget my fate."
Sichaeus, Dido's husband, died before she left Tyre for Carthage, but she had sworn eternal fidelity to him and refused ail other suitors before Aeneas.
First revealed to the public by William Christie in Lully's Thésée at the Ambronay European Baroque Academy of 1998, Stéphanie d'Oustrac has become a leading personality in the world of Baroque music. After studying drama at the Conservatoire National Régional in Rennes, she took advanced courses in singing at the Conservatoire National Supérieur de Musique et de Danse in Lyon. She appears with equal success on the concert platform and on the lyric stage, in Baroque and Classical opera and in operetta. Her ardent temperament in any role she plays immediately brought her to the attention of critics and audiences alike.