Dido and Aeneas (The Royal Opera & Ballet)

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Overview

A 2009 Royal Opera House stage production of British composer Henry Purcell's chamber opera Dido and Aeneas appears in this home release. Wayne McGregor directs and choreographs; in the principal roles, the production features Sarah Connolly (Dido) and Lucas Meachem (Aeneas). The Dancers of the Royal Ballet and The Orchestra of the Age of Enlightenment lend accompaniment.
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Overview

A 2009 Royal Opera House stage production of British composer Henry Purcell's chamber opera Dido and Aeneas appears in this home release. Wayne McGregor directs and choreographs; in the principal roles, the production features Sarah Connolly (Dido) and Lucas Meachem (Aeneas). The Dancers of the Royal Ballet and The Orchestra of the Age of Enlightenment lend accompaniment.
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Special Features

Illustrated Synopsis; Cast Gallery; Interview with Wayne McGregor
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Product Details

  • Release Date: 11/17/2009
  • UPC: 809478010180
  • Original Release: 2009
  • Source: Bbc / Opus Arte
  • Region Code: 0
  • Presentation: Wide Screen / Stereo / DTS
  • Sound: stereo, DTS 5.1-Channel Surround Sound
  • Language: English
  • Time: 1:12:00
  • Format: DVD
  • Sales rank: 54,710

Cast & Crew

Performance Credits
Sarah Connolly Dido
Lucas Meachem Aeneas
Lucy Crowe Belinda
Sara Fulgoni Sorceress
Dancers of the Royal Ballet
Technical Credits
Jonathan Hogwood Director
Wayne McGregor Director, Choreography
Hildegard Bechtler Set Decoration/Design
Laïlla Diallo Choreography
Fotini Dimou Costumes/Costume Designer
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Scene Index

Disc #1 -- Dido and Aeneas
1. Overture [2:21]
2. Shake The Cloud Off Your Brow [1:03]
3. Ah! Belinda [4:15]
4. Whence Could So Much Virtue Spring? [1:50]
5. Fear No Danger To Ensue [1:38]
6. See, Your Royal Guest Appears [2:39]
7. To The Hills And The Vales [1:32]
8. The Triumphing Dance [1:15]
9. Wayward Sisters [3:16]
10. But Ere We This Perform [1:18]
11. In Our Deep Vaulted Cell [1:28]
12. Echo Dance Of Furies [1:10]
13. Thanks To These Lonesome Vales [3:32]
14. Oft She Visits This Lone Mountain [2:01]
15. Behold, Upon My Bending Spear [1:43]
16. Stay, Prince, And Hear Great Jove's Command [4:05]
17. Come Away, Fellow Sailors [1:35]
18. The Sailors' Dance [:45]
19. See The Flags And Streamers Curling [2:10]
20. The Witches' Dance [1:40]
21. Your Counsel All Is Urg'd In Vain [6:13]
22. When I Am Laid In Earth [9:06]
23. End Credits [3:40]
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Menu

Disc #1 -- Dido and Aeneas
   Play
      Stereo
      DTS Surround
   Chapters
      Act 1
      Act 2
      Scene 1
      Scene 2
      Act 3
   Extras
      Synopsis
      Cast Gallery
         Sarah Connelly - Dido, Queen Of Carthage
         Lucas Meachem - Aeneas, a Trojan Prince
         Lucy Crowe - Belinda, Dido's Maid
         Anita Watson - Second Woman
         Sara Fulgoni - Sorceress
         Eri Nakamura - First Witch
         Pumeza Matshikiza - Second Witch
         Ji-Min Park - Sailor
         Lestyn Davies - Spirit
      Interview With Wayne McGregor
   Set-Up
      Audio
         Stereo
         DTS Surround
      Subtitles
         English
         Français
         Deutsch
         Español
         Italiano
         Subtitles: None
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  • Posted October 1, 2010

    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.

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