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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.
Aeneas believes the elf is actually Mercury, who advises him to found a new city of Troy. Aeneas agrees to follow what he believes to be the wishes of the gods, and decides to leave Dido. Photo: Kasey-Samuel Adams
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