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Les Troyens (The Trojans) - Hector Berlioz

La Didone - Francesco Cavalli

Dido and Aeneas - Henry Purcell

Information about the opera Dido and Aeneas by Henry Purcell, and the best recordings available on CD or DVD, or for download.

The first great English opera.

Recommended recordings on CD

Kenny/Connolly/Finley (Chandos Chaconne CHAN 0757)

CHAN 0757

A marvellous new recording, with Sarah Connolly outstanding as Dido.

Choir of the Age of Enlightenment, Orchestra of the Age of Enlightenment, conducted by Elizabeth Kenny.

Cast: Sarah Connolly (Dido), Gerald Finley (Aeneas), Lucy Crowe (Belinda).

Chandos Chaconne CHAN 0757

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Jones/Flagstad/Hemsley (Decca 8.111264)


A classic recording of the opera.

Mermaid Singers and Orchestra, conducted by Geraint Jones, 1952.

Cast: Kirsten Flagstad (Dido), Thomas Hemsley (Aeneas), Dame Elisabeth Schwarzkopf (Belinda).

Decca 8.111264 (mono)

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Jacobs/Wallace/Finley (Harmonia Mundi HMC90 1683)

HMC90 1683

A fresh interpretation, well recorded.

Cambridge Clare College Choir, Orchestra of the Age of Enlightenment, conducted by René Jacobs, 1998.

Cast: Stephen Wallace (Dido), Gerald Finley (Aeneas), Rosemary Joshua (Belinda).

Harmonia Mundi HMC90 1683

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Hogwood/Connolly/Meachem (Opus Arte OA 1018D)

OA 1018D

Orchestra of the Age of Enlightenment, Royal Opera Extra Chorus, conducted by Christopher Hogwood.

Cast: Sarah Connolly (Dido), Lucas Meachem (Aeneas), Lucy Crowe (Belinda).

Opus Arte OA 1018D

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