OPERA_comes_to_ENGLAND - OPERA comes to ENGLAND HENRY...

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OPERA comes to ENGLAND: HENRY PURCELL (1649–1695) By mid-17 th century, Opera gained an international audience Italian musicians brought opera to France and England, where initially it was performed in the Italian language In France, the Jean Baptiste Lully managed both Italian and French operatic institutions , is by Henry Purcell , and opera would have a different history in his native England Purcell’s professional life spanned three reigns of English monarchs 1
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In 1689, Purcell composes Dido and Aeneas , an opera—in English! “Dido” debuts at Josia Priest’s school for girls in Chelsea Purcell’s only opera reflects the English tradition of the masque Synthesizes masque and opera : along with recitative and arias on the Italian model, the work included 17 dance numbers (1689) The libretto by Nahum Tate is based on Virgil’s Aeniad 2
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Act III final scene Recitative (“Thy Hand, Belinda”) & Aria (“When I am Laid in Earth” a.k.a., “Dido’s Lament”)
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