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Dido & Aeneas as it should be presented,
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Excellent production values with a good cast, natural settings and believable costumes. Directed with a great eye for the visuals, and a polished 'film' look.
The production brought the story vividly to life, and the splendid music shone through.
Well worth purchasing despite not being widescreen, though I would have preferred a blu-ray version. (Perhaps we have to wait another 14 years?)
Incidentally, in my opinion this production is far superior to the appalling travesty that the Royal Opera House made of this beautiful opera recently with the 'help' of the Royal Ballet.
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Initial post: 4 Jun 2009 21:54:45 BDT
Steven Guy says:
Thanks for the review. I saw this on Australian television in the 1990s and I always intended on buying it some time, in spite of its few shortcomings.
Remarkable, isn't it, how few DVD recordings of Dido & Aeneas or any other Purcell's other operas are available on DVD? I have the Harnoncourt "King Arthur", which is more of a circus than an opera production. I wish more good productions of Purcell were available because I'd buy them!
Posted on 21 Jun 2009 16:05:53 BDT
I agreed with the reviewer's description of the recent Royal Opera House production of Dido. It was indeed ruined by the ballet sequences. I'll take Geoffers' advice and get the Maria Ewing version. Thanks
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