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No later sources follow the act divisions of the libretto, and the music to the prologue is lost.

The prologue, the end of the act 2 'Grove' scene, and several dances, were almost certainly lost when the opera was divided into parts to be performed as interludes between the acts of spoken plays in the first decade of the eighteenth century.

Following the Chelsea performances, the opera was not staged again in Purcell's lifetime.Originally based on Nahum Tate's play Brutus of Alba, or The Enchanted Lovers (1678), the opera is likely, at least to some extent, to be allegorical.The prologue refers to the joy of a marriage between two monarchs, which could refer to the marriage between William and Mary.A monumental work in Baroque opera, Dido and Aeneas is remembered as one of Purcell's foremost theatrical works.It was also Purcell's only true opera, as well as his only all-sung dramatic work.

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