Dido and Aeneas

Marted 15 dicembre 2009
Aula Magna del Collegio Ghislieri, Pavia

Henry Purcell
Dido and neas
Rappresentazione in forma di oratorio
In memoria di Aurelio Bernardi
Rettore del Collegio Ghislieri dal 1945 al 1979
Con il patrocinio dell'Ambasciata Britannica in Italia
Ingresso gratuito fino ad esaurimento posti.

Dido, Queen of Carthage: Emanuela Galli, soprano
Belinda, Dido's sister and handmaid: Karin Selva, soprano
Aeneas, Trojan Prince: Christian Senn, baritono
Sorceress: Gabriella Sborgi, mezzosoprano
First Witch: Richard Wilberforce, alto
Second Witch: Philip Jones, alto
Spirit, in form of Mercury: Richard Wilberforce, alto
First Sailor: Samuel John Furness, tenore

Chorus of courtiers, witches, cupids, and sailors

Aron Choir & Consort
Direttore: Giulio Prandi

Aron Choir
Soprani: Irene Alfinito, Valentina Argentieri, Maria Veronica Basualdo, Monica Elias*, Emma Popolani
Alti: Silvia Bertoluzza, Morena Carlin, Ilaria Pasotti, Ilaria Ribezzi, Claudia Romano
Tenori: Gianfranco Cerreto, Yasuharu Fukushima, Salvatore Gaias, Samuel Furness, Paolo Tormene
Bassi: Jacopo Binazzi, Daniele Brigante, Carlo Checchi, Paolo Graziano, Alessandro Nuccio
* "Second woman" nel coro Fear no danger
Aron Consort
Violini: Alberto Stevanin, Chiara Zanisi
Viola: Gianni Maraldi
Violoncello: Jorge Alberto Guerrero
Contrabbasso: Vanni Moretto
Tiorba: Franco Pavan
Arciliuto: Gabriele Palomba
Cembalo: Maria Cecilia Farina


Dopo cinque anni dalla precedente versione il M Giulio Prandi tornato a proporre la sua lettura le capolavoro di H.Purcell, un breve saggio del magistero di questo compositore, un composizione che se non viene condotta con un calibrato equilibrio tra le pagine pi dense di pathos e quelle di brillante spirito di danza rischia di diventare una sublime noia. Cosa che non successa in questa serata dove il pubblico non mancato dimostrando che il titolo in questione ha un certo suo fascino.
Il M Prandi ha condotto la sua lettura creando momenti di intensa emozione e momenti di forti slanci ritmici con una compagnia di canto che ha sfoggiato voci di rara bellezza come quelle dei due protagonisti E.Galli e C.Senn e di tutti i ruoli di contorno da K.Selva come Belinda (un personaggio che canta quanto se non pi della stessa Didone) alla strega G.Sborgi, alle due voci dei controtenori R. Wilberforce e P.Jones.
Seguono
alcune immagini della serata.

Saluti istituzionali e un ricordo del prof. Bernardi

 

DIDO AND AENEAS
Dido and Aeneas
Libretto by Nahum Tate
Music composed by Henry Purcell

Date of composition: 1689

Dramatis Personae
DIDO
BELINDA
TWO WOMEN
AENEAS
SORCERESS
ENCHANTRESSES
SPIRIT of the Sorceress (Mercury)

Dido's train, Aeneas' train, Fairies, Sailors


OVERTURE


ACT THE FIRST

Scene: The Palace
[enter Dido, Belinda and train]



BELINDA
Shake the cloud from off your brow,
Fate your wishes does allow;
Empire growing,
Pleasures flowing,
Fortune smiles and so should you.

CHORUS
Banish sorrow, banish care,
Grief should ne'er approach the fair.



DIDO
Ah! Belinda, I am prest


With torment not to be Confest,
Peace and I are strangers grown.


I languish till my grief is known,
Yet would not have it guest.
 


BELINDA
Grief increases by concealing,

DIDO


Mine admits of no revealing.

BELINDA


Then let me speak; the Trojan guest
Into your tender thoughts has prest;
The greatest blessing Fate can give
Our Carthage to secure and Troy revive.

CHORUS


When monarchs unite, how happy their state,
They triumph at once o'er their foes and their fate.

DIDO


Whence could so much virtue spring?
What storms, what battles did he sing?
Anchises' valour mixt with Venus' charms
How soft in peace, and yet how fierce in arms!

BELINDA


A tale so strong and full of woe
Might melt the rocks as well as you.
What stubborn heart unmov'd could see


Such distress, such piety?

DIDO
Mine with storms of care opprest
Is taught to pity the distrest.


Mean wretches' grief can touch,
So soft, so sensible my breast,
But ah! I fear, I pity his too much.

BELINDA AND SECOND WOMAN


[Repeated by Chorus]
Fear no danger to ensue,
The Hero Loves as well as you,
Ever gentle, ever smiling,
And the cares of life beguiling,
Cupid strew your path with flowers
Gather'd from Elysian bowers.

DANCE THIS CHORUS



THE BASKE
[Aeneas enters with his train]



BELINDA
See, your Royal Guest appears,
How Godlike is the form he bears!

AENEAS


When, Royal Fair, shall I be blest
With cares of love and state distrest?

DIDO
Fate forbids what you pursue.

AENEAS


Aeneas has no fate but you!
Let Dido smile and I'll defy
The feeble stroke of Destiny.

CHORUS
Cupid only throws the dart
That's dreadful to a warrior's heart,
And she that wounds can only cure the smart.

AENEAS
If not for mine, for Empire's sake,
Some pity on your lover take;
Ah! make not, in a hopeless fire
A hero fall, and Troy once more expire.

BELINDA


Pursue thy conquest, Love; her eyes
Confess the flame her tongue denies.

A DANCE. GITTARS CHACONY.


CHORUS


To the hills and the vales, to the rocks and the mountains
To the musical groves and the cool shady fountains.
Let the triumphs of love and of beauty be shown,
Go revel, ye Cupids, the day is your own.

THE TRIUMPHING DANCE


ACT THE SECOND

Scene [I]: The Cave
[enter Sorceress]



[PRELUDE FOR THE WITCHES]

SORCERESS


Wayward sisters, you that fright
The lonely traveller by night
Who, like dismal ravens crying,
Beat the windows of the dying,
Appear! Appear at my call, and share in the fame


Of a mischief shall make all Carthage flame.
Appear!
[enter Enchantresses]

FIRST WITCH
Say, Beldam, say what's thy will.

CHORUS
Harm's our delight and mischief all our skill.

SORCERESS
The Queen of Carthage, whom we hate,
As we do all in prosp'rous state,
Ere sunset, shall most wretched prove,
Depriv'd of fame, of life and love!

CHORUS
Ho, ho, ho, ho, ho, ho! [etc.]

TWO WITCHES


Ruin'd ere the set of sun?
Tell us, how shall this be done?

SORCERESS
The Trojan Prince, you know, is bound
By Fate to seek Italian ground;
The Queen and he are now in chase.



FIRST WITCH
Hark! Hark! the cry comes on apace.



SORCERESS
But, when they've done, my trusty Elf
In form of Mercury himself
As sent from Jove shall chide his stay,
And charge him sail tonight with all his fleet away.

CHORUS
Ho, ho, ho, ho, ho, ho! [etc.]
[Enter a Drunken Sailor; a dance]

TWO WITCHES


But ere we this perform,
We'll conjure for a storm
To mar their hunting sport
And drive 'em back to court.


CHORUS [in the manner of an echo.]
In our deep vaulted cell the charm we'll prepare,
Too dreadful a practice for this open air.

ECHO DANCE [Enchantresses and Fairies]

Scene [II]: The Grove
[enter Aeneas, Dido, Belinda, and their train]

RITORNELLE [Orchestra]

BELINDA [Repeated by Chorus]

Thanks to these lovesome vales,
These desert hills and dales,
So fair the game, so rich the sport,
Diana's self might to these woods resort.

GITTER GROUND A DANCE



SECOND WOMAN
Oft she visits this lov'd mountain,
Oft she bathes her in this fountain;
Here Actaeon met his fate,
Pursued by his own hounds,
And after mortal wounds
Discover'd, discover'd too late.


[A Dance to entertain Aeneas by Dido's women]

AENEAS


Behold, upon my bending spear
A monster's head stands bleeding,


With tushes far exceeding


Those did Venus' huntsman tear.

DIDO


The skies are clouded, hark! how thunder
Rends the mountain oaks a sunder.

BELINDA [Repeated by Chorus]


Haste, haste to town, this open field


No shelter from the storm can yield.
[exeunt Dido and Belinda and train]

[The Spirit of the Sorceress descends to Aeneas in the
likeness of Mercury]



SPIRIT
Stay, Prince and hear great Jove's command;
He summons thee this Night away.

AENEAS
Tonight?

SPIRIT


Tonight thou must forsake this land,
The Angry God will brook no longer stay.
Jove commands thee, waste no more
In Love's delights, those precious hours,
Allow'd by th'Almighty Powers
To gain th' Hesperian shore
And ruined Troy restore.

AENEAS
Jove's commands shall be obey'd,
Tonight our anchors shall be weighed.


[Exit Spirit.]
But ah! what language can I try
My injur'd Queen to Pacify:


No sooner she resigns her heart,
But from her arms I'm forc'd to part.
How can so hard a fate be took?


One night enjoy'd, the next forsook.
Yours be the blame, ye gods! For I


Obey your will, but with more ease could die.

THE SORCERESS AND HER ENCHANTRESSES (CHORUS)
Then since our Charmes have sped,
A Merry Dance be led
By the Nymphs of Carthage to please us.
They shall all Dance to ease us,
A Dance that shall make the Spheres to wonder,
Rending those fair Groves asunder.

THE GROVES DANCE


ACT THE THIRD

Scene: The Ships
[enter the Sailors, the Sorceress, and her Enchantresses]

PRELUDE
 


FIRST SAILOR [Repeated by Chorus]
Come away, fellow sailors, your anchors be weighing.


Time and tide will admit no delaying.
Take a bouzy short leave of your nymphs on the shore,
And silence their mourning


With vows of returning
But never intending to visit them more.

THE SAILORS' DANCE



SORCERESS


See the flags and streamers curling
Anchors weighing, sails unfurling.

FIRST WITCH
Phoebe's pale deluding beams
Guilding more deceitful streams.

SECOND WITCH
Our plot has took,
The Queen's forsook.

TWO WITCHES


Elissa's ruin'd, ho, ho!
Our plot has took,


The Queen's forsook, ho, ho!

SORCERESS


Our next Motion
Must be to storme her Lover on the Ocean!
From the ruin of others our pleasures we borrow,
Elissa bleeds tonight, and Carthage flames tomorrow.

CHORUS
Destruction's our delight
Delight our greatest sorrow!
Elissa dies tonight and Carthage flames tomorrow.
[Jack of the the Lanthorn leads the Spaniards out of
their way among the Enchantresses.]

A DANCE



[Enter Dido, Belinda and train]



DIDO
Your counsel all is urged in vain
To Earth and Heav'n I will complain!
To Earth and Heav'n why do I call?
Earth and Heav'n conspire my fall.
To Fate I sue, of other means bereft
The only refuge for the wretched left.

BELINDA
See, Madam, see where the Prince appears;
Such Sorrow in his looks he bears
As would convince you still he's true.
[enter Aeneas]

AENEAS


What shall lost Aeneas do?
How, Royal Fair, shall I impart
The God's decree, and tell you we must part?

DIDO


Thus on the fatal Banks of Nile,
Weeps the deceitful crocodile
Thus hypocrites, that murder act,


Make Heaven and Gods the authors of the Fact.

AENEAS
By all that's good ...

DIDO
By all that's good, no more!
All that's good you have forswore.
To your promis'd empire fly
And let forsaken Dido die.

AENEAS
In spite of Jove's command, I'll stay.
Offend the Gods, and Love obey.

DIDO


No, faithless man, thy course pursue;
I'm now resolv'd as well as you.
No repentance shall reclaim
The injur'd Dido's slighted flame.
For 'tis enough, whate'er you now decree,
That you had once a thought of leaving me.

AENEAS


Let Jove say what he will: I'll stay!

DIDO
Away, away! No, no, away!

AENEAS


No, no, I'll stay, and Love obey!

DIDO


To Death I'll fly
If longer you delay;
Away, away!.....
[Exit Aeneas]


But Death, alas! I cannot shun;
Death must come when he is gone.

CHORUS
Great minds against themselves conspire
And shun the cure they most desire.

DIDO


[Cupids appear in the clouds o're her tomb]


Thy hand, Belinda, darkness shades me,
On thy bosom let me rest,


More I would, but Death invades me;


Death is now a welcome guest.
When I am laid in earth, May my wrongs create
No trouble in thy breast;


Remember me, but ah! forget my fate.

CHORUS
With drooping wings you Cupids come,
To scatter roses on her tomb.
Soft and Gentle as her Heart
Keep here your watch, and never part.



CUPIDS DANCE
 


FINIS

Al cembalo Maria Cecilia Farina

Note su questa serata:
http://www.ghislierimusica.org/Eventi/note_sala.php?id_replica=100
http://www.examenapium.it/STUDI/dido.pdf Un programma di sala
Dido and Aeneas - DelTeatro.it
Didone ed Enea - Wikipedia
Dido and neas programma di sala della edizione 2004
Musica, spettacolo, cultura: 2009_12_15 Dido and Aeneas al Ghislieri


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