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