The words made by Mr. DIDO Ah! I languish till my grief is known, Yet would not have it guest. DIDO Whence could so much virtue spring?
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The prologue refers to the joy of a marriage between two monarchs, which could refer to the marriage between William and Mary. In a poem of about , Tate alluded to James II as Aeneas, who is misled by the evil machinations of the Sorceress and her witches representing Roman Catholicism, a common metaphor at the time into abandoning Dido, who symbolises the British people.
The same symbolism may apply to the opera. 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. Harris considers the callousness and cynicism of the song to underline the "moral" of the story, that young women should not succumb to the advances and promises of ardent young men.
The earliest extant score, held in the Bodleian Library , was copied no earlier than , well over sixty years after the opera was composed. Both arias are formed on a lamento ground bass. The music is sometimes thought to be too simple for Purcell in , but this may simply reflect that the intended performers were schoolchildren. 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.
Kevin Duggan conducted. Adaptations[ edit ] A version of the opera adapted to modern dance was choreographed by the American Mark Morris , who originally danced both the roles of Dido and the Sorceress. In both the Morris and the Waltz adaptations, the characters are each portrayed by both a singer and a dancer, with the dancers onstage and the singers performing from the side of the stage or the orchestra pit.
Dido and Aeneas
Music Expert B. Green is an expert on classical music and music history, with more than 10 years of both solo and ensemble performance experience. Her sister and handmaiden, Belinda, tries desperately to cheer her up, but Dido is depressed, saying that she and peace are nothing more than strangers now. Belinda suggests to Dido that finding love will cure her grief, and recommends marrying Aeneas, a Trojan who has shown interest in marrying Dido. Dido fears that falling in love will make her a weak ruler, but Belinda points out that even great heroes find love. Finally, her heart warms up to the idea and answers his marriage proposal with a yes. Dido and Aeneas, ACT 2 Deep within a cave, an evil sorcerer crafts a plan to bring destruction and calamity to Carthage and its queen, Dido.
Dido and Aeneas Synopsis
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