112. Dido and Aeneas (Purcell)

Opera in a prologue and 3 actsComposer: Henry PurcellLibretto: Nahum Tate, after Virgil's ÆneidFirst performed: 1680s, after Blow's Venus and Adonis DIDO, Queen of CarthageSoprano or mezzo-soprano BELINDA, Dido’s sister and handmaidLight soprano SECOND WOMAN, another handmaidenSoprano or mezzo-soprano ÆNEAS, Trojan princeTenor or high baritone SORCERESS / SORCERERMezzo-soprano, contralto, countertenor, or bass Two WITCHES / ENCHANTRESSESMezzo-sopranoes Spirit, in form of MercurySoprano … Continue reading 112. Dido and Aeneas (Purcell)

59. Les Troyens (Hector Berlioz)

Poëme lyrique in 5 acts Composer & librettist: Hector Berlioz, after books II & IV of Virgil’s Æneid Composed 1856-1858. First performed: Acts III-V (with cuts), as Les Troyens à Carthage, Théâtre Lyrique, Paris, 4 November 1863.  Concert performances of Acts I-II (La prise de Troie), Paris, 7 December 1879.  First staged performance (in German): Karlsruhe, Germany, 1890. … Continue reading 59. Les Troyens (Hector Berlioz)