Laurie / Dart

  • gtr/str
  • SATB
  • 5 Sopranos, 2 Mezzo Sopranos, 2 Tenors
  • 50 min

Programme Note


Aeneas, fleeing from ruined Troy and bound for Latium, is driven by storm into Carthage, where the widowed Dido reigns as queen. Proximity leads to passion, felt and reciprocated; but the gods forbid their union. Aeneas sails away to fulfil his destiny in Italy and Dido ends her sorrow with her own hand. To this simple story the poet has added the witches, as symbols of the malevolence of destiny and modified the tragic ending making Dido the victim of a broken heart.