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The art of music in a new opera by Dario Pagano that moves and enchants: "Aeneas and Dido, the destiny of a love"
The young composer Dario Pagano is preparing to amaze the public again with his latest work: "Enea and Didone, the destiny of a love", an opera that required two years of intense work and which narrates the universal and timeless story of Aeneas and Dido, a moving and poignant tale of love, loss and tragedy.
To realize this creation, the composer has chosen to work with singers of great experience in the lyrical field, artists with powerful and talented voices, able to make the vocal performance live up to his expectations. Pagano's goal was to create something original while keeping the spirit and tradition of classical opera intact.

Born in Monza in 1995 and of Neapolitan origins, Dario began studying piano at the age of 6. After discovering opera, he immediately understood its expressive power, especially in the works of Puccini and Verdi, and fell deeply in love with it. He then began studying opera scores, soon feeling the strong desire to use the great expressive power of the orchestra to express his feelings. After setting the poem "Nu pianefforte" by Salvatore di Giacomo to music, writing for tenor and orchestra, at the age of 13, in the little time left free from school commitments, he undertook the drafting of an opera on Romeo and Juliet. Although the music professors had advised him to focus on piano compositions, in order to appreciate the result directly, Dario has always refused the advice, not being able to give up the wonderful feeling of expressing his heart through the orchestra, with its versatility and unrivaled expressive power. Furthermore, for Dario, the lack of opportunity to perform and make his work known does not affect the beauty inherent in the act of composing a work that aspires to be "aere perennius", to quote Horace. In the following years, he deepened his harmony and orchestration studies, discovering virtual instrument software, refining the knowledge of the most professional ones out there that use libraries of live recorded sounds, with the aim of obtaining highly realistic orchestral performances.

In 2020 he began to publish some compositions on digital platforms, both for piano and for orchestra, simultaneously feeling the desire to complete a lyrical work that not only has a love story as its subject but is also instructive for the public, which is why he preferred to abandon the adolescent project of Romeo and Juliet to then turn to the story of Aeneas and Dido.

The work tells the epic story of Aeneas, son of the goddess Venus and the mortal Anchises, forced to flee his beloved Troy in search of a new homeland for himself and his companions. During his travels he is shipwrecked near Carthage, where he is welcomed by Queen Dido, founder of the city, who in turn fled from Tire after the killing of her husband Sichaeus at the hands of her brother Pygmalion. During a sumptuous banquet, Dido asks Aeneas to tell her epic story in which her heroism and valor emerge. The queen, struck by the protagonist's beauty and fortitude, falls in love with him. Torn between her love for Aeneas and the desire to remain faithful to her late husband Sichaeus, she confides in her sister Anna, who encourages union with the hero who will be able to strengthen the kingdom and make her happy. Aeneas corresponds to his love and after a few months, in a battle, defeats the warlike king of the Getuli, Iarba, saving Carthage. It seems to be the final triumph, but shortly after Venus meets her son to remind him of the will of the gods: that he head to Italy to give rise to the Roman lineage that would dominate the world. Aeneas' devotion to the gods and his sense of responsibility towards his companions prevail, so he decides to leave, abandoning Dido forever. She, unable to bear the pain, after having cursed Aeneas, commits suicide with the sword that he had given her. His body is burned on a bed in a pyre, while in the background the Trojan ships head towards their glorious destiny.

Dario chose this subject for his work as he recognized in Aeneas' virtue a strong parallel with the Christian virtue of obedience to the divine will, which represents the only way to achieve authentic happiness. Therefore, Aeneas' obedience will lead to a glorious destiny, while Dido chooses death because she is unable to see beyond her pain and to trust in the divine will. The devotion of Aeneas is authentic since it takes the form of an act of renunciation and trust towards the divine mother, while that of Dido is limited to the prayer of supplication to realize her yearning desires, as can be seen from the passage "cry of prayer" taken from the third act of the opera.

The plot of the work therefore revolves around the love between the two protagonists and the glorious destiny of Aeneas. In the music this is expressed through the juxtaposition of the related melodic themes, i.e. the poignant melodies of their love duets on one side and the heroic theme of “Roma Invicta” on the other.

Dario chose the subject of Aeneas and Dido also for his predilection for Latin culture, and for having already independently studied Virgil's text on the ancient story. The composer's profound familiarity with the Latin text can be seen, for example, in the Italian rendering of the expression “caeco carpitur igni” with a hyperbate that has the aim of faithfully tracing the Latin syntax: “qual blind mi devour foco”. "Aeneas and Dido" is a unique and engaging musical experience that moves and draws listeners into a mythological love affair, inviting them to reflect on the relationship between love and virtue, on the relationships between sacrifice, faith and happiness; the public will certainly be divided on these issues, but united on the beauty of the music.

There is more

The publication of the songs takes place regularly on all the main digital stores. On the dedicated site, listeners can access already published songs, view the lyrics on screen, learn about the narrative contexts for a better understanding of the work and discover the beauty hidden behind each note.

Don't miss the opportunity to experience this unforgettable musical adventure and discover the talent of the young composer Dario Pagano.

Link to the official site of the work:

To contact the author regarding the opera: eneaedidone@outlook.it

Link to the album with the collection of 10 songs released to date:

New song releases are expected in the coming months.

Content created in collaboration with the Author

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