15.06.13 19.00 -21.00, Minster Yard, York YO1 7JL; £15/12


Eboracum Baroque will bring an exciting evening of opera to the National Trust Treasurer’s House Garden, York in June.

Enjoy two of the greatest Baroque operas of all time, Venus and Adonis by John Blow and Henry Purcell’s classic, Dido and Aeneas.

Venus and Adonis composed in 1683 was the model for Henry Purcell in the writing of one of his greatest works, Dido and Aeneas. The exact date of Purcell’s work is a topic of debate with many believing it received its first performance in 1689 though others argue it received an earlier performance at the court in the early 1680’s.

Venus and Adonis much like Dido is a story of both strong passion and despair. It follows Venus and her love for the daring Adonis and his eventual downfall whilst away hunting, returning to die in her arms.

Dido and Aeneas recounts the story of Dido, Queen of Carthage and her love for the Trojan warrior, Aeneas. With an evil sorceress and witches at work this love is short lived as despair and destruction are brought to the Queen’s Court. Aeneas is tricked into leaving the stricken queen but defies the Gods to return. Dido refutes his advances. Belinda attempts to console the heart-broken queen, but all is in vain.

Bring a blanket to sit on and an interval bar is available.


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