Dido and Aeneas (The Royal Opera & Ballet)

Dido and Aeneas (The Royal Opera & Ballet)

Director: Jonathan Hogwood, Wayne McGregor Cast: Sarah Connolly, Lucas Meachem


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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.

Product Details

Release Date: 11/17/2009
UPC: 0809478070498
Original Release: 2009
Source: Bbc / Opus Arte
Region Code: 0
Sound: [DTS 5.1-Channel Surround Sound]
Time: 1:12:00
Sales rank: 50,359

Special Features

Illustrated Synopsis; Cast Gallery; Interview with Wayne McGregor

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Dido and Aeneas (The Royal Opera & Ballet) 4 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 1 reviews.
EApuzzo More than 1 year ago
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.