Purcell: Dido and Aeneas

Opus Arte: OA1018D

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Purcell: Dido and Aeneas

Label:

Opus Arte

Catalogue No:

OA1018D

Discs:

1

Release date:

28th Sept 2009

Barcode:

0809478010180

Medium:

DVD Video

Format:

NTSC

Region:

all

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Purcell: Dido and Aeneas

Recorded live at the Royal Opera House, Covent Garden, London on 3rd & 8th April 2009.


Sarah Connolly (Dido), Lucas Meachem (Aeneas), Lucy Crowe (Belinda), Sara Fulgoni (Sorceress), Anita Watson (Second Woman), Eri Nakamura (First Witch), Pumeza Matshikiza (Second Witch), Iestyn Davies (Spirit), Ji-Min Park (Sailor)

Dancers of The Royal Ballet, The Royal Opera Extra Chorus & Orchestra of the Age of Enlightenment, Christopher Hogwood (conductor) & Wayne McGregor (stage director)

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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.

BONUS MATERIAL

Illustrated synopsis & cast gallery.

Interview with Wayne McGregor.

‘Dido is perfectly integrated, and the expressively stylised movements that McGregor has devised for the singers make a fascinating contrast to the gyrations of the corps de ballet. …The casts were excellent. [Sarah Connolly] struck gold with a heartbreaking account of "When I am laid". The sensitivity of her acting and her intense musicality was striking throughout. Lucy Crowe made a delightful Belinda, with Lucas Meachem a quarterback hunk of an Aeneas. The young ad hoc chorus sang beautifully.’ The Telegraph

Running time 72 mins Region code All regions

Picture format 16:9 Anamorphic Sound format 5.1 Half DTS / PCM Stereo

Menu language EN Subtitles EN/FR/DE/ES/IT Dimensions (mm) W135 H190 D15

BBC Music Magazine

January 2010

****

“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. Lucy Crowe is a seductive Belinda, with Sara Fulgoni equally compelling as the Sorceress, and under Christopher Hogwood's shapely musical direction the score engorges the amplitude of the Opera House without... any illuminating period pertinence. ...Sarah Connolly embraces the fateful trajectory towards suicide with almost unbearable intensity.”

Gramophone Magazine

April 2010

“thanks to the film director Jonathan Haswell it works better there than in the theatre...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...Definitely worth investigating.”

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