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opera Purcell's Dido and Æneas Wayne McGregor (stage director), Christopher Hogwood (conductor) – With Lucy Crowe (Belinda), Sarah Connolly (Dido)

Wayne McGregor (stage director), Christopher Hogwood (conductor) – With Lucy Crowe (Belinda), Sarah Connolly (Dido)

Purcell's Dido and Æneas Wayne McGregor (stage director), Christopher Hogwood (conductor) – With Lucy Crowe (Belinda), Sarah Connolly (Dido)

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Dido and Æneas, Purcell's best loved and most frequently performed work today, is also England's oldest full opera. Many details of its history are unknown, and it went unstaged for two centuries before an 1895 production restored its renown. Choreographer and stage director Wayne McGregor, “the closest thing to a rock star that ballet can currently claim” (The New York Times), breathes new life into the poignant story—based on Virgil's Æneid—with heavily atmospheric lighting, shrewd design choices, and modern ballet flourishes.

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Cast

  • Wayne McGregor | Choreographer, Stage director
  • Hildegard Bechtler | Set designer
  • Fotini Dimou | Costume designer
  • Lucy Carter | Lightings
  • Lucy Crowe | Belinda
  • Sarah Connolly | Dido
  • Anita Watson | Second Woman
  • Lucas Meachem | Aeneas
  • Sara Fulgoni | Sorceress
  • Eri Nakamura | First Witch
  • Pumeza Matshikiza | Second Witch
  • Iestyn Davies | Spirit
  • Ji-Min Park | Sailor
  • Dancers of the Royal Ballet
  • Julian Perkins | Harpsichordist
  • Jan Čižmář | Theorbist
  • Andrew Skidmore | Cellist
  • Steven Moore | Organist

Program

  • Henry Purcell, Dido and Æneas
    • Overture
    • I: "Shake the Cloud from off your brow"
    • I: "Ah Belinda, I am press'd with torment"
    • I : "Grief increases by concealing"
    • I: "When monarchs unite, how happy their state"
    • I: "Whence could so much virtue spring"
    • I: "Fear no danger to ensue"
    • I: "See our royal guest appears"
    • I: "Cupid only throws the dart"
    • I: "If not for mine, for Empire's sake"
    • I: "Pursue thy conquest, Love"
    • I: "To the hills and the vales"
    • I: The triumphing Dance
    • II, 1: Prelude for the Witches "Wayward sisters, you that fright"
    • II, 1: "Harm's our delight"
    • II, 1: "The Queen of Carthage"
    • II, 1: "Ho! ho! ho!"
    • II, 1: "But ere we this perform"
    • II, 1: "In our deep vaulted cell"
    • II, 1: Dance of the Furies
    • II, 2: Ritornelle
    • II, 2: "Thanks to these lonesome vales"
    • II, 2: "Oft she visits the lone mountain"
    • II, 2: "Behold upon my bending spear"
    • II, 2: "Haste, haste to town"
    • II, 2: "Stay Prince"
    • III: "Come away"
    • III: The Sailor's Dance
    • III: "See, see the flags"
    • III: "Our next motion"
    • III: "Destruction's our delight"
    • III: The Witches' Dance
    • III: "Your counsel all is urged in vain"
    • III: "Great minds against themselves conspire"
    • III: "Thy hand Belinda"
    • III: "When I am laid in earth"
    • III : "With drooping wings"

Details

  • Directed by:
    • Jonathan Haswell
  • Venue: Royal Opera House, Covent Garden (London, Great Britain)
  • Production date: 2009
  • Duration: 1 h 01 min
  • Production: © Royal Opera House / Opus Arte
  • Available version(s): EN
  • Available subtitle(s) : FR, EN, ES
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