The Baroque Opera House

presents

Dido & Æneas


Every Tuesday, Thursday and Saturday

The Baroque Opera House

presents

Dido & Æneas


Every Tuesday, Thursday and Saturday

Angelo, Gianbattista Tiepolo


The Baroque Opera House desires to represent Baroque works in the most representative buildings of the Venetian Baroque and the music is performed with original instruments.

The frescoes of the great artists of the 18th century are a natural setting for the works offering a fusion of sound and visual harmonies and an invitation to immerse yourself in beauty.

Singers and instrumentalist of Baroque Opera House are professionals specialized in baroque repertoire who perform in the world most renowned concert halls.


DIDO & ÆNEAS

Every Tuesday, Thursday and Saturday

A three-act opera set to music by Henry Purcell
to a libretto by Nahum Tate.
 
It was first performed in Chelsea probably on April 11, 1689 in a boarding school for young ladies and represents an absolute masterpiece of British melodrama. The characters in Dido and Aeneas are surprisingly modern in their portrayal; their inner life, their passions and the ferocity of the witches are depicted without any concession to excessive stereotypical virtuosity.
 
The performance is inspired by Giambattista Tiepolo’s unrivaled canvases that decorate the ceiling of the Chapter Hall in the Scuola Grande dei Carmini. The sumptuous costumes inspired by the paintings make the place a natural setting where the viewers’ five senses are all appealed to.

A three-act opera set to music by Henry Purcell
to a libretto by Nahum Tate.

It was first performed in Chelsea probably on April 11, 1689 in a boarding school for young ladies and represents an absolute masterpiece of British melodrama. The characters in Dido and Aeneas are surprisingly modern in their portrayal; their inner life, their passions and the ferocity of the witches are depicted without any concession to excessive stereotypical virtuosity.

The performance is inspired by Giambattista Tiepolo’s unrivaled canvases that decorate the ceiling of the Chapter Hall in the Scuola Grande dei Carmini. The sumptuous costumes inspired by the paintings make the place a natural setting where the viewers’ five senses are all appealed to.

THE GRAND SCHOOL OF THE CARMINI

The Scuola dei Carmini is one of the eight Grand Schools existing in Venice at the fall of the Venetian Republic. It overlooks Campo Santa Margherita and is housed in a building with a beautiful Baroque façade built on a project by Longhena. The façade gives way to the chapel via a large portal. This is a large room with frescoed walls by a monochrome cycle by Niccolò Bambini with a central altarpiece depicting Sante Piatti’s Assumption.
From the two parallel flights of barrel-vaulted stairs decorated with elaborate stuccoes by Alvise Bossi access is given to the mezzanine and from this, going up a single flight of stairs, entrance is gained to the Chapter Room on the first floor. This visually stunning room is the exact duplication of the chapel below. It is embellished with wonderful Abbondio Stazio stuccoes colored by Tencalla, and is decorated with the most exquisite paintings.
Nine canvases by Giambattista Tiepolo representing the Virtues stand out on the ceiling at the centre of which is his great masterpiece, the large canvas with the La madonna consegna lo scapolare a San Simone Stock – The Madonna handing the scapular to Saint Simone Stock. Also of great value are the masterpieces of G.B. Piazzetta (Giuditta and Oloferne) and Padovanino in the marvelous Archive Room and in that of the Hotel where pilgrims were once housed.
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