Didone abbandonata (Sarti)

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Didone abbandonata is an opera, or dramma per musica, by Giuseppe Sarti, set to a libretto by the renowned poet Metastasio. The opera was first performed in the winter of 1762 in Copenhagen, and was composed especially for the Danish court of the time. The opera consists of three acts, and the libretto is based upon the well-known story of Dido and Aeneas.

Metastasio's libretto had already been extensively used throughout the century. The most notable of previous adaptations was by Leonardo Vinci.


Cast Voice type Premiere, 1762
Dido soprano
Selene soprano
Aeneas soprano
Iarbas tenor
Osmidas tenor
Araspes bass