Didone (opera)

Didone (opera)

Didone is an opera by Francesco Cavalli, set to a libretto by Giovanni Francesco Busenello (later librettist for Claudio Monteverdi). The opera was first performed at Venice's Teatro San Cassiano during 1641.

The plot is based on Virgil's Aeneid (Book 4 in particular), though Busenello, in his second libretto for Cavalli, replaces Dido's tragic suicide of Virgil with a happy ending in which Dido marries Iarbas, King of the Getuli, who saves Dido from herself after Aeneas abandons her. The action is divided into a prologue and 3 acts.


Role Voice type Premiere Cast, 1641
(Conductor: - )
Aeneas tenor
Dido soprano
Iarbas alto
Cassandra soprano
Hecuba mezzo-soprano
Anna soprano
Mercury alto
3 court ladies soprano

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