Dido and Aeneas


Writers: Henry Purcell Nahum Tate



Act 1

Scene: The Palace

No. 1 Song and Chorus ‘Shake the cloud from off your brow’ - Belinda

No. 2 Song ‘Ah! Belinda I am pressed with torment’ - Dido

No. 3 Recit ‘Grief increases by concealing’ - Belinda, Dido

No. 4 Chorus ‘When monarchs unite’

No. 5 Recit ‘Whence could so much virtue spring’ - Dido

No. 6 Duet and Chorus ‘Fear no danger to ensue’ - Belinda, 2nd Woman

No 7. Recit ‘See, see your royal guest appears’ - Belinda, Aeneas, Dido

No. 8 Chorus ‘Cupid only throws the dart’

No. 9 Recit ‘If not for mine, for Empire’s sake’ - Aeneas

No. 10 Air ‘Pursue thy conquest, Love’ - Belinda

No. 11 Chorus ‘To the hills and the vales’

No. 12 The Triumphing Dance

Scene: The Cave

No. 13 Prelude for the witches ‘Wayward sisters’ - Sorceress, 1st Witch

No. 14 Witches Chorus ‘Harm’s our delight’

No. 15 Recit ‘The Queen of Carthage’ - Sorceress No. 16 Chorus ‘Ho Ho Ho’

No. 17 Recit ‘Ruin’d ere the set of sun’ - 1st Witch, 2nd Witch, Sorceress

No. 18 Chorus ‘Ho Ho Ho’

No. 19 Duet ‘But, ere we this perform’ - 1st Witch, 2nd Witch

No. 20 Chorus ‘In our deep vaulted cell’

No. 21 Echo dance of the furies

Act 2

No. 22 Ritornelle

Scene: The Grove

No. 23 Song and Chorus ‘Thanks to these lonesome vales’ - Belinda

No. 24 Song ‘Oft she visits this loved mountain’ - Attendant

No. 25 Recit ‘Behold, upon my bended spear’ - Aeneas, Dido

No. 26 Song and Chorus ‘Haste, haste to town’ - Belinda

No. 27 Recit ‘Stay Prince!’ - Spirit, Aeneas

Act 3

No. 28 Prelude and Chorus ‘Come away, fellow sailors’ - 1st Sailor

No. 29 The Sailor’s Dance

No. 30 Recit ‘See, see, the flags and streamers curling’ - Sorceress, 1st Witch, 2nd Witch

Song ‘Our next motion must be to storm’ - Sorceress

No. 31 Chorus ‘Destruction’s our delight’

No. 32 The Witches’ Dance

No. 33 Recit ‘Your counsel, all is urg’d in vain’ - Dido, Belinda, Aeneas

No. 34 Recit ‘But death, alas! I cannot shun’ - Dido

No. 35 Chorus ‘Great minds against themselves conspire’

No, 36 Recit ‘Thy hand. Belinda’ - Dido

No. 37 Song ‘When I am laid in Earth’ (Dido’s Lament) - Dido

No. 38 Chorus ‘With drooping wings’

A song with an asterisk (*) before the title indicates a dance number; a character listed in a song with an asterisk (*) by the character's name indicates that the character exclusively serves as a dancer in this song, which is sung by other characters.

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