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An Opera by Purcell.

Synopsis: After a short overture, Belinda, a Lady-in-Waiting to Dido, Queen of Carthage, is heard urging the Queen to throw off her sadness and enjoy the pleasures befitting the Ruler of a great Empire. Dido, however, informs her lady that she is disturbed in mind, and after a hint from Belinda confesses that she is in love with Aeneas, a Trojan Prince.
Aeneas appears and declares his love, and the company move to a pleasant grove, so pleasant, indeed, that "Diana's self might to these moods resort."
Dido, however, has incurred the jealousy of Zauberin, the Sorceress, who arranges with her witch to appear as Mercury, the messenger of the Gods, and orders Aeneas to sail for Troy.
While Dido and Aeneas, with their courtiers, are enjoying the beauties of the grove, a storm rises and the company hastens to the city. Aeneas is stopped by the spirit in the form of Mercury and ordered to set sail. When Aeneas tells the Queen of his impending departure, she threatens to destroy herself. On hearing this Aeneas swears he will not leave her, but she, incensed at his conduct, commands him to leave her. After his departure, the unhappy Queen seeks solace in death.

Contributors

Composer:
[Henry] Purcell
Singers:
The Lyric Choir
Musicians:
The Wireless Orchestra
Orchestra Leader:
Alex. Madisky
Conductor:
Irvine S. Cooper

2BD Aberdeen

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