Dido and Aeneas

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PreviousJune 2022

A three-act opera set to music by Henry Purcell to a libretto by Nahum Tate.

It was first performed in Chelsea probably on April 11, 1689 in a boarding school for young ladies and represents an absolute masterpiece of British melodrama. The characters in Dido and Aeneas are surprisingly modern in their portrayal; their inner life, their passions and the ferocity of the witches are depicted without any concession to excessive stereotypical virtuosity.

The performance is inspired by Giambattista Tiepolo’s unrivaled canvases that decorate the ceiling of the Chapter Hall in the Scuola Grande dei Carmini of which Tiepolo was the Grand Guardian. The sumptuous costumes inspired by the paintings make the place a natural setting where the viewers’ five senses are all appealed to.

Program and cast

Singers and instrumentalist of “Baroque Opera House” are professionals specialized in baroque

Repertoire who perform in the world's most renowned concert halls.

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The Scuola grande dei Carmini

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