Aeneas and Dido

James Rolfe
James Rolfe
Composition Date: 2007
Duration: 00:33:00
Genre: Staged Vocal Works, Operas, Complete Vocal Score


Instrumentation Set Number 1:
  • 1 x Recorder
  • 1 x Oboe
  • 1 x Lute
  • 1 x Harpsichord
  • 3 x Soprano
  • 1 x Mezzo Soprano
  • 1 x Baritone
  • 1 x Mixed chorus
  • 1 x Violin
  • 1 x Viola
  • 1 x Violoncello
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Programme Note:
Aeneas and Dido by James Rolfe and André AlexisProgram NoteBoth Purcell’s and Virgil’s versions of Dido and Aeneas feature an Aeneas who is a man of action. He is what he does, in contrast to Dido, who is what she feels. Aeneas and Dido tries to imagine Aeneas’s interior life. What drives Aeneas to choose an uncertain quest for a new homeland over Dido’s offer of love and country? His heart has been turned to ashes by witnessing the violence visited upon his Troy. Dido’s heart still aches from her husband’s death, yet she plucks up the courage to confess her love to Aeneas, making his rejection unbearably painful. Immersed as they are in their own suffering, they cannot grasp each other’s.Aeneas and Dido was commissioned by The Toronto Masque Theatre with the assistance of The Canada Council for the Arts.

Premiere Information:
1 April 2007, Michael Young Theatre, Young Centre, Toronto, Ontario
Toronto Masque Theatre; Exultate Singers; Alexander Dobson, baritone; Monica Whicher, soprano; Larry Beckwith, conductor.


  • Call Number:
  • MV 7110 R746aen
  • Genre:
  • Staged Vocal Works, Operas, Complete Vocal Score
  • Date of Acquisition:
  • June 19, 2015
  • Type:
  • Print-music, Published by CMC
  • Physical Description:
  • 1 score (95 p.);
    95 Pages
    Height: 30 cm
    Width: 23 cm
    Parts page count: 68
    Piano Reduction: 65 Pages
    5 parts ([68] p.);
    Height: 30 cm
    Width: 23 cm
    1 piano reduction (65 p.);
    Height: 30 cm
    Width: 23 cm
  • Additional Information:
  • 6 scenes
    Commissioned by: Toronto Masque Theatre
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