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Work: Dido and Aeneas

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ComposerPurcell, Henry (1659-1695)
PeriodBaroque
Year1689
Work typeOpera / Oratorio
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Purcell and beyond: Errollyn Wallen’s dramatic new Dido’s Ghost

A dramatic new opera from Errollyn Wallen, with the Dunedin Consort, chorus and a strong cast including Isabelle Peters, Matthew Brook, Nardus Williams and Allison Cook.

****1
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Peeping Tom's Dido and Aeneas overflowing with imagery in Geneva

How can one focus on the music? Purcell’s music is interspersed with contemporary interludes by Atsushi Sakaï in an overly busy staging.  
****1
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Dido and Aeneas reworked as performance art

Though ambitious and occasionally arresting, this revised and expanded take on the Purcell classic suffers from subtraction by addition.
**111
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Vache Baroque opens with a fine Dido and Aeneas

Purcell's counterpoint is beautifully sung by a young cast to inaugurate England's latest country house opera venue.
****1
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Dido: Purcell's opera renamed and relocated

Director Purni Morell sandpapers every trace of spikiness from Purcell's Dido and Aeneas, leaving the production a victim of its own good intentions. 
**111
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