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Purcell: Dido and Aeneas / Hogwood / ROH Covent Garden / Connolly, Meachem [DVD]

Album Summary

>Purcell, Henry : Dido and Aeneas, Z 626
Performers Conductor Ensemble Composer

Notes & Reviews:

The Royal Ballet and The Royal Opera join forces for Wayne McGregor's acclaimed fusion of music and movement, whose richly layered designs perfectly complement Purcell's telling of a classical tale of love thwarted by evil powers. With Sarah Connolly and Lucas Meachem in the title roles, Christopher Hogwood conducts the Orchestra of the Age of Enlightenment. Filmed with High Definition cameras and recorded in true surround sound. A BLU-RAY of this performance is available as BOA 7049D.

Notes & Reviews:

Run Time: 72 min.
Region: All
Picture Format: NTSC, 16:9 anamorphic, Color
Sound Format(s): LPCM Stereo, DTS 5.1 Surround
Subtitles: English, French, German, Spanish, Italian


Dido and Aeneas
Director and choreographer Wayne McGregor has a very interesting take on this classic Greek story. The story of “Dido and Aeneas” runs the range of emotions: from hesitant and happy to vengeful and desperate. If for some reason Henry Purcell’s musical drama is unable to transport you through these feelings, The Royal Ballet provides a visual interpretation that I found very effective. The dances seem more modern than classical ballet, which appealed to me. During “Oft she visits this lone mountain” the dancers are almost doing sign language for a very literal presentation. While on the visual side of things, I must comment on the technical production and staging. The costumes and lighting are very pleasant. I enjoy the color palette used as it allows the colorful emotions to shine through without a distracting light show or costumes. The single spotlights are used sparingly and tastefully each time. The way McGregor chose to stage the chorus was also nice. Too often opera choruses can be staged in a way that pulls attention from the leads. In this case he really sticks to the Greek tragedian way of presenting the chorus. Chorus Master, Stephen Westrop, does a lovely job directing the chorus. The vocal nuance and dynamics are well approached. Lucy Crowe, as Belinda, does a beautiful job on all of the agile passes. At times her dramatic interpretation is a bit campy, but fortunately, that is not the case throughout. Sarah Connolly, as Dido, has such a substantial voice. Her rich and creamy sound is exactly what I want to remember as the piece comes to a close. Overall, the piece is very fluid and well presented.
Submitted on 02/28/10 by E. Apuzzo 
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>Purcell, Henry : Dido and Aeneas, Z 626
  • Performers: Sarah Connolly (Soprano); Lucy Crowe (Soprano); Sara Fulgoni (Mezzo Soprano); Lucas Meachem (Tenor)
  • Conductor: Christopher Hogwood
  • Ensemble: Orchestra of the Age of Enlightenment
  • Period Time: Baroque
  • Form: Opera/Operetta
  • Written: 1689