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'Dido and Aeneas' by Henry Purcell documents the story of Dido, Queen of Carthage, and the Prince of Troy, Aeneas. Based on book IV of Virgil’s epic poem, ‘The Aeneid’, Purcell’s opera is his first and only all-sung work.
As we approach Act II, the Sorceress plots the destruction of Carthage. She plans to send her trusted elf to Aeneas, disguised as the winged god, Mercury, to convince him to leave Dido. The Sorceress believes Dido will die from grief if Aeneas leaves.
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