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Cavalli - Klebel

La Didone (1641)

(Dido)
Duration: 150 minutes
Opera in a prologue and three acts

Libretto by Giovanni Francesco Busenello, with the German translation by Richard Bletschacher (I,G)

Scoring
6S,S(orM),M(orS),M,A,2CT(orA),2T(orCT),4T,T(or hBar),2Bar(orT),BBar, B(orBar),2B (vocal doublings possible); chorus 3recorders-3tbns-continuo(org,chittarone,dulcimer,hpd)-strings (variable scoring).
Abbreviations (PDF).


Territory
This work is available from Boosey & Hawkes for the world.

Roles

IRIS, PrologueSoprano
AENEAS, Trojan heroTenor or High Baritone
ANCHISES, father of AeneasBaritone
ASKANIUS, son of AeneasSoprano
KREUSA, wife of AeneasSoprano
JARBAS, king of HetulerCountertenor
ANNA, sister of DidoMezzo-Soprano
KASSANDRA, daughter of a Trojan kingSoprano
DIDO, Queen of CarthageSoprano
SICHAEUS Tenor
PYRRHOS, a GreekBaritone
KOREBOS, a GreekTenor
SINON, a GreekBass
ILEONEOS, Trojan envoy and companion of AeneasTenor
AKATES, companion of AeneasTenor
HEKUBA, Queen of Troy, wife of PriamosAlto
A MESSENGERTenor
AN OLD MANBass
JUPITERBass
JUNOMezzo-Soprano
VENUSSoprano
AMORSoprano
MERKURCountertenor
NEPTUNBass-Baritone
AEOLUSTenor
FORTUNASoprano
THREE CARTHAGINIAN LADIES-IN-WAITINGSSA
Chorus of HuntsmenChorus (ATTB)
Chrous of TrojansChorus (SSATTB)


Time and Place
Troy and Carthage, Ancient times


Synopsis
The sack of Troy. Aeneas and his family ponder their future – he is all for continuing to fight. In attempting to protect his fiancée Cassandra from the Greek Pyrrhus, Chorebus is killed. Venus urges her son Aeneas to leave. His wife Creusa is killed by Greek soldiers: her shade presses him to go. Venus and Fortune agree to aid the fleeing Trojans, though the implacable Juno attempts to destroy them. Neptune, however, takes their side, and they are able to reach Carthage. There Dido is being wooed, without success, by King Iarbas, the rejection of whose suit causes him to lose his reason. Venus sends Cupid in the form of Aeneas's son Ascanius to cause Dido to fall in love with the Trojan exile. No sooner has she capitulated than Mercury appears to Aeneas and orders him on to Italy to found a new kingdom. Dido rails against his decision and is visited by the angry shade of her dead husband Sichaeus. Following Aeneas's departure, Mercury cures Iarbas, who renews his suit to Dido. She turns from thoughts of suicide and agrees to marry him.


Moods
Dramatic, Tragic


Subjects
History, Mythology, Literary





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