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Didone abbandonata (‘Dido Abandoned’)locked

  • Don Neville

Extract

Libretto by pietro Metastasio , first set by Domenico Sarro (1724, Naples).

In spite of their mutual love, Enea [Aeneas] has resolved to separate from Dido, Queen of Carthage. Iarba [Iarbas], King of the Moors, arrives disguised as his own minister, Arbace [Arbaces], to offer peace on behalf of his king in return for Dido’s hand and the life of Aeneas. His offer rejected, larbas instructs his confidant, Araspe [Araspes], to kill Aeneas; Araspes refuses, but is arrested along with Iarbas when the latter makes a thwarted attempt himself. Iarbas reveals his identity and departs under escort. Aeneas tells Dido of his intention to leave, but falters when she accuses him of treachery and ingratitude....

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