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Overview


Synopsis

In order to cure her unhappiness, Dido, queen of Carthage, marries the Trojan prince, Aeneas, who is madly in love with her. While Dido and Aeneas are out hunting, an evil Sorceress and her assistants plot the destruction of Dido and Carthage. Soon, an evil witch disguised as Mercury stops Aeneas. She tells him that he must abandon Carthage, and found a new Troy on Latin soil. While Aeneas hates the thought of leaving Dido, he struggles to refuse a god's command. Ultimately, Aeneas decides to defy the god's command and stay with Dido. Nevertheless, Dido refuses to stay with a lover who even considered leaving her, and soon dies of grief.


Characters

Female

Lead

Soprano

Male

Lead

Tenor

Female

Supporting

Soprano



Show Information

Music:
Category
Opera
Number of Acts:
3 Acts
First Produced:
1688
Genres
Drama
Cast Size
medium
Casting Notes:
Mostly female cast
Includes young adult, adult, late teen, mature adult characters

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