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 ofAcis and Galatea, which is also available on DVD.
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