Dido and Æneas is a three-act opera by the English Baroque composer Henry Purcell, libretto by Nahum Tate. First performed in Chelsea probably on April 11, 1689 in a boarding school for young ladies, for the coronation of William III of Orange and Mary II Stuart, it is Purcell’s most famous opera and an absolute masterpiece of British melodrama.
Divided into three short acts, the opera is about the stay of Aeneas (protagonist of Virgil’s Aeneid) in Carthage, guest of Queen Dido. Between the two will break out a cursed love that will end, as tradition dictates, with the departure of the hero, destined to found Rome, and Dido’s suicide.
The opera opens with a French overture, divided into a first serious and majestic movement, tending to evoke an image of royalty, and a second more lively part, in which the crescendo emphasizes the violence and wickedness that we will find in the work.
Cast: conductor Tito Ceccherini, director Giovanni Di Cicco, chorus master Claudio Marino Moretti.
Location: La Fenice Theater, Venice
Schedule: September 4th – 6th, 2020
Hour: 7.00 pm
Ticket: up to € 110