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St John's Smith Square
Smith Square
City of Westminster



Henry PurcellArias, Duets and Chaconne
Henry PurcellDido and Aeneas, Z.626


Francesca Saracino – Dido
Johnny Herford – Aeneas
Hannah Davey – Soprano
Anna Shackelton – Soprano
Charlotte Teley – mezzo-soprano
Ellie Edmunds – mezzo-soprano
John Lubbock – Conductor

Orchestra of St John's
OSJ Voices

Programme Note

Dido and Aeneas is Purcell’s single most famous work. Familiar to audiences long before the rediscovery in recent decades of Monteverdi and Handel, it is also the best-known opera to have been composed before Mozart. Based on the love story from Virgil’s Aeneid, this English baroque tragic masterpiece features magnificent music, potent drama, and remarkable intensity.

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