Dido And Aeneas is a sparkling miniature opera, filled with intense drama and elegant song. It was commissioned by and first performed at Josias Priest's School for Young Ladies in Chelsea. The libretto was written by Nahum Tate, who based his book on the story of Queen Dido and the sailor, Aeneas, from Virgil's Aeneid.
An opera with instrumental parts for strings, keyboard continuo, plus optional guitar for dances
This edition, with English and German texts, is based on that by Edward Dent (first published in 1925), but includes more recent scholarship. The preface presents a history of the work. The score is both scholarly and practical for performers.