Dido and Aeneas – Henry Purcell
In the late 17th century Henry Purcell had a musical life of Mozartian proportions – tragically short yet unbelievably brilliant. Synthesizing all the best elements of contemporary English, French and Italian music, he created the first enduring English operas. Unlike the larger semi-operas, Fairy Queen and King Arthur, (which include spoken texts between the musical numbers), Dido was his only entirely musical opera, and is his best-known and most beloved work for the stage. Lacking its original prologue and epilogue, it is like a noble torso. PMW’s orchestra and soloists will team with the University of Washington Chamber Singers to present a full length concert version that includes Purcell’s sublime Welcome songs for the King’s return to court.