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Dido & Æeneas

Probably inspired by Venus and Adonis composed by his teacher John Blow, Purcell wrote a chamber opera in the French style. His music represents an ideal symbiosis between the lyricism of Italian vocalism, the rhythms of French dance and the prosody of the English language. Scherzi Musicali’s interpretation of Purcell’s Dido and Aeneas plays on the schizophrenia of Dido and her world, as the characters at the court of the Queen of Carthage also play their own ’dark side’ in the realm of the Sorceress…