TOPAZ Issue 11 / 2004
Sustainability and Spirituality
Self determined or determined from outside or elswhere
7 suggestions for self-reflection as a start to each new day
Mr. Green, The Greengrocer
What is honour?
Poetry - A window to mind making
Why ask questions?
The human mosaic of reponse: The purpose of human life?
Waunifor, a tranquil rural Centre in Beautiful West Wales
The "International Colourful Festival of Arts" in Cologne
Dido & Aeneas

Dido & Aeneas

The first opera in the Template Network - performed by Musica Contemplata

”Dido & Aeneas” by Henry Purcell is one of music history's small gems, a relatively short baroque opera (about 1 1/2 hours), originally composed in 1689 for a girl's school in Chelsea. The story concerns the legend of Dido, Queen of Carthage, and Aeneas, the Prince of Troy, who fall in love even though their countries are at war. All is well, until a party of witches set about robbing the two lovers of their happiness.

Musica Contemplata is an international music ensemble and choir, with most of its members coming from the Template Network. Singers and musicians from Denmark, England, Germany, Holland and Israel, 22 participants in all, met in Copenhagen and worked intensively for one week on the opera leading up to two performances. These were both in Copenhagen, the first at the Template Network's own centre on Saturday July 10th, and the next the day after at Tikøb Church. Both performances attracted full houses, were stunning and proved to be great successes.

The legend and story of Dido and Aeneas has always fascinated and captivated people as it portrays the drama of a fight between good and evil. The experience of this fight being played out in song, dance, music and lights on stage gives the onlooker a unique possibility for seeing and reflecting on the same sort of conflicts in one's own life.

Musica Contemplata staged the drama with great spirit and creativity, ensuring that the audience got much more than just a good story. It was possible to feel the inner essence of this historical drama; fight, love, deprivation, longing, ignorance, pride and honour. So can essence transform legends of the past into a reality for today.

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