Sanok Community Centre, Mickiewicza 24, Sanok
TICKETS AVAILABLE AT THE SANOK COMMUNITY CENTRE.
The event is part of the XXX Adam Didur Festival in Sanok.
Dido and Aeneas is the very first dramatic work of the “British Orpheus” – Henry Purcell. The circumstances of the creation of this three-act opera to Nahum Tate’s libretto are uncertain: firstly, the original manuscript is lost. It is also unclear whether the premiere of the opera in 1689 in Chelsea wasn’t, in fact, a resumption of a previously staged production. It is certain, however, that in the 20th century this work gained due fame and became one of the most frequently recorded operas from the era before Mozart.
The premise for one of the most brilliant works of English Baroque is the story of the tragic love of Dido and Aeneas, told in Virgil’s Aeneid. Henry Purcell managed to translate the ordeal of the characters and the whole range of intense emotions into the language of music. In this small musical form, the composer conveys the rich symbolism of the ancient story about the power of love and fate.
It is not surprising that Dido and Aeneas is considered the first English national opera. In a perfectly constructed libretto, the world of Greek mythology meets the English tradition. The Mediterranean setting is complemented by drawings of characters such as witches and sorcerers, characteristic of British and Irish folk tales. In the music itself, one can distinguish a whole range of forms and techniques used in Europe at that time, as Purcell strives for musical diversity, perfectly integrating French and Italian patterns with English folklore.
MUSIC DIRECTOR KRZYSZTOF GARSTKA
PHOEBUS MICHAŁ JANICKI
FIRST NEREID MAŁGORZATA GRZEGORZEWICZ-RODEK
SECOND NEREID IWONA LUBOWICZ
VENUS OLGA PASIECZNIK
SPRING MARTA BOBERSKA
FIRST SHEPHERDESS AGNIESZKA KOZŁOWSKA
FIRST SHEPHERDESS JOANNA TALARKIEWICZ
HE KRZYSZTOF ŁAZICKI
SHE MARTA SCHNURA
BELINDA MARTA BOBERSKA
DIDO OLGA PASIECZNIK
SECOND WOMAN AGNIESZKA KOZŁOWSKA
AENEAS MICHAŁ JANICKI
SORCERESS DOROTA LACHOWICZ
FIRST WITCH MAŁGORZATA GRZEGORZEWICZ-RODEK
SECOND WITCH / SPIRIT IWONA LUBOWICZ
SAILOR JAKUB A. GRABOWSKI
DANCERS OF VARSAVIA GALANTE
CONDUCTOR, HARPSICHORD KRZYSZTOF GARSTKA
Duration: 1 h 10 mins (no intermission)