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Video streamed event and on demand: Royal Academy Opera - Dido and Aeneas

Royal Academy of MusicRecorded at Royal Academy of Music: Susie Sainsbury Theatre, London, United Kingdom
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Thursday 27 May 202119:00
Friday 28 May 202119:00
On demand from Thursday 27 May 2021 19:00
to Monday 28 June 2021 23:59
Performers
Royal Academy Opera
Elizabeth KennyConductor
Jack FurnessDirector

In the late eighteenth century music historians decided, on not much evidence, that Purcell had composed Dido and Aeneas especially for schoolgirls. Its Chelsea boarding school performance(s) happened, undoubtedly, in 1688 or 89; but the scholars should have stopped to ask what a rising star like Purcell stood to gain by involving himself in fringe musical theatre.

Over the past thirty years or so a different view has gained traction. Dido makes excellent if unexpected sense when re- imagined as a gritty, at times rather risqué piece meant to impress King Charles II and his famously broadminded connoisseur circle.

Bruce Wood’s new Purcell Society edition takes full account of these research developments. Dido sources need no longer be rated for accuracy – assumed closeness to Purcell – by wholly circumstantial ‘amateur-friendly’ criteria. Academy staff and students are thrilled to be collaborating with the Purcell Society and publishers Stainer & Bell, in order to give this new edition its world premiere.

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