Purcell: Dido And Aeneas
Label: NAXOS DVD
Format: DVD VIDEO
Malena Ernman Christopher Maltman Judith van Wanroij Hilary Summers Les Arts Florissants William Christie, MALENA ERNMAN
Henry Purcell was a genius whose ability to combine French and Italian influences transported the English language to new levels of expression in music. Dido and Aeneas was pioneering in its day and is considered one of Purcell’s foremost theatrical works, with a moving tale of love, betrayal and tragedy that has proved to be of unceasing appeal to audiences for centuries. Deborah Warner’s brilliant stage direction combines period color with present-day dynamism, while William Christie’s affection for this opera shines through in an overwhelmingly acclaimed performance filmed in December 2008 at the Opéra Comique in Paris.