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How good is the Dido and Aeneas opera?

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Asked by Cwolf, Last updated: Mar 19, 2019

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J. Shatner

J. ShatnerContent writer, Boston
Content writer, Boston

Answered on Mar 19, 2019

Dido and Aeneas is an opera that has been performed for many years. Actually it has been in production for over 300 years. It was written by a man name Nahum Tate. It is based on the Aeneid which is a book that was written by Virgil in ancient history. The Opera which the Aeneid is based on was composed by an English composer named Henry Purcell. The Opera premiered in 1683 by a girls school in London.

Today Dido and Aeneas it's still being performed after 300 years which makes it seem that it is a good production. In 2009 it's celebrated its 350th anniversary. When the Opera came to the United States, a girls school performed it but they added and took away a few elements from the original Opera in order for them to perform it.

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E.Ruth

E.Ruth

Answered on Feb 19, 2018

After more than three centuries, Henry Purcell’s (1659-95) sole opera Dido and Aeneas remains a treasure. Considered the greatest operatic achievement of 17th century England [1] and the first great English opera, [2] even though a performance only takes little more than an hour, it is often justified as holding its position as the finest English opera ever written until the 20th century.”

Christopher Hoile, a well-known opera critic wrote in an October 2016 review of Dido and Aeneas, performed by Opera Atelier, “One leaves the opera feeling elated as if one had encountered a deserving old friend revitalized by good fortune.”

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John Smith

John Smith

Answered on Mar 09, 2017

Aenied, girls boarding school, ballet master
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