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Masterpiece week Purcell

Masterpiece week Purcell

  • Purcell’s Dido and Aeneas – his only opera without spoken text – was performed in 1689 by ‘the young gentlewomen’ of Josias Priest’s Chelsea boarding school. It has since been reprised countless times in various versions, including one with a man in the role of the Sorceress
  • Dido's lament When I am Laid in Earth is one of the most famous arias in music history. Its bass line alone is enough to give you goose bumps
  • Originally the opera also had an allegorical prologue set to music (and a spoken afterword), the notes of which are now lost

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