Purcell's Dido and Æneas

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

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Wayne McGregor — Choreographer, stage director
Hildegard Bechtler — Set designer
Fotini Dimou — Costume designer
Lucy Carter — Lighting
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

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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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Directed by:
Jonathan Haswell
Venue: Royal Opera House, Covent Garden (London, Great Britain)
Production date: 2009
Duration: 1 h 1 min
Production: © Royal Opera House / Opus Arte