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Purcell: Dido and Aeneas DVD (Royal Opera House)

 

  • Wayne McGregor's acclaimed production of Purcell's interpretation of the classical tale Dido and Aeneas features richly layered designs, and brings together The Royal Opera and The Royal Ballet. With Sarah Connolly and Lucas Meachem in the title roles, Christopher Hogwood conducts the Orchestra of the Age of Enlightenment. It was originally staged as part of a double-bill with McGregor's production of Acis and Galatea, which is also available on DVD.

    Dido and Aeneas is also available on Blu-ray

    Dido: Sarah Connolly
    Aeneas: Lucas Meachem
    Belinda: Lucy Crowe
    Sorceress: Sara Fulgoni
    Dancers of The Royal Ballet 

    Orchestra of the Age of Enlightenment
    Conductor: Christopher Hogwood
    Composer: Henry Purcell
    Director and Choreographer: Wayne McGregor
    Assistant Director and Choreographer: Laïla Diallo
    Set Designs: Hildegard Bechtler
    Costume Designs: Fotini Dimou
    Lighting Design: Lucy Carter
    Projection Design: Mark Hatchard, for HotBox Studios
    Film Director: Jonathan Haswell

    Plus: Illustrated synopsis; Interview with Wayne McGregor; Cast Gallery

    Picture: 16:9
    Sound: 5.1 Half DTS / PCM Stereo
    Region code: All regions 
    Format: NTSC
    Running time: 72 mins
    Subtitles: EN/FR/DE/ES/IT
    Recorded: 2009



  • "The wide open spaces and minimalist designs contrive a vast universe against which a very intimate human tragedy can be teased out, presented with an almost classical purity and restraint."
     BBC Music Magazine

    "Belinda is unaffectedly played by Lucy Crowe, her bright tones and precise articulation all one could desire. Sarah Connolly, whether tormented by love or grief, is an equally ideal Dido." Gramophone

    "Lucas Meachem sings Aeneas with a magnificence and reach that his acting lacks. Sarah Connolly's Dido is more successful, with a lovely, unforced quality. Her lament, in the arms of Belinda, who tries to staunch the blood from her queen's wrists with the hem of her dress, brought tears to my eyes." The Observer