Purcell - Dido and Aeneas (DVD)
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Cat No: ALPHA706
Number of Discs: 1
Release Date: 16th March 2015
Le Poeme Harmonique
After the success of the DVDs devoted to 'Le Bourgeois Gentilhomme' and 'Cadmus & Hermione', Vincent Dumestre and Le Poème Harmonique continue their exploration of repertoires of the 17th century.
This piece, combining theatre and music, allowed Purcell to achieve his dramatic ideal. In fact, he wrote only a single opera in his short career (he died at the age of 36), but with it he left us a gem of rare beauty and extreme concision. The work’s genius is also due in part to the quality of the libretto, skilfully put together by Nahum Tate.
Cécile Roussat and Julien Lubek, stage directors coming from the arts of the circus and the mime Marceau, had already collaborated with Le Poème Harmonique on the 'Carnaval Baroque'. Here, they combine mime, dance and acrobatics with the music in a moving, magical production.
- Vivica Genaux: Dido
- Henk Neven: Æneas
- Ana Quintans: Belinda
- Marc Mauillon: Sorceress, Marin
Staging, Choregraphy, Set, Costumes: Cécile Roussat & Julien Lubek
Lights: Laurent Castaingt
Direction: Stéphane Vérité
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