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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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Atlanta Symphony Orchestra; Robert Spano; Tamara Wilson; Simon O'Neill; Jamie Barton; Ryan McKinny
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Dido: Purcell's opera renamed and relocated

Rachael Lloyd (Dido) and Eyra Norman (Belinda) © Tristram Kenton
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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Dido and Aeneas and Trouble in Tahiti at RCS

Dido and Aeneas © Robbie McFadzean

In the unlikeliest of pairings at RCS, Purcell’s Dido and Aeneas finds resonance with Bernstein’s Trouble in Tahiti, delivered with spirited commitment.

****1
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Norrington and LPO provide emotion and insight in Dido and Aeneas

Sir Roger Norrington © Manfred Esser
Sir Roger Norrington and a strong cast joined a Baroque-style London Philharmonic Orchestra in a highly accomplished Dido and Aeneas, preceded by Handel’s clean and stately Water Music.
*****
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Dido and Aeneas rescue a disappointing Baroque triple bill from ETO

Nicholas Mogg (Aeneas), Alison Manifold and Sky Ingram (Dido) © Richard Hubert Smith
English Touring Opera's triple bill of early Baroque miniatures promised an intruiging evening but failed up to expectations. 
**111
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A great Dido and Aeneas pairing in Adelaide

Kate Louise Macfarlane (Belinda), Bethany Hill (Dido) and Raphael Wong (Aeneas) © Bernard Hull Photography
A richly sung Dido and Aeneas in an imaginative venue becomes an enjoyable and rewarding experience.
****1
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