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The Resource Purcell's Dido and Æneas, Deborah Warner, stage director ; directed by François Roussillon ; Opéra comique, François Roussillon et associés, Arte

Purcell's Dido and Æneas, Deborah Warner, stage director ; directed by François Roussillon ; Opéra comique, François Roussillon et associés, Arte

Label
Purcell's Dido and Æneas
Title
Purcell's Dido and Æneas
Statement of responsibility
Deborah Warner, stage director ; directed by François Roussillon ; Opéra comique, François Roussillon et associés, Arte
Title variation
Dido and Æneas
Contributor
Conductor
Film director
Performer
Production company
Singer
Stage director
Subject
Language
  • eng
  • eng
  • fre
  • eng
  • eng
Summary
But I, being poor, have only my dreams. I have spread my dreams under your feet. Tread softly, because you tread on my dreams... So begins Deborah Warner's captivating 2008 production of Purcell's timeless opera Dido and Æneas: a careful warning that suits the tragic story only too well. Swedish mezzo-soprano Malena Ernman as a disarming Dido is at the head of a stellar cast joined by Les Arts Florissants under William Christie's direction. The Roman poet Virgil was the first to lay down in detail the tragic tale of the Phoenician princess turned queen of Carthage, whose desperate love led to an untimely end. Renaissance artists later transformed her compelling story, with Dido lamented as the archetype of the woman betrayed. Heroine of no fewer than fourteen operas, it is Purcell's Dido incarnation in the 1689 Dido and Æneas that remains the crowning jewel among them. Following a prologue (now lost), the three-act opera lasts less than an hour, but contains some of the composer's most breathtaking music, including the unforgettable "When I am laid in earth," often simply known as "Dido's Lament". Deborah Warner's Dido draws on accounts (debated by some) of the opera's premiere taking place in an all-girls school near London, incorporating Greek chorus-like school girls into the production. Against the backdrop of Chloé Obolensky's darkly glittering sets and luscious baroque-style costumes, the girls' light-hearted, pixie-ish presence contrasts well with Dido's sorrow and the sorceress's evil machinations. Purcell's music is performed with great care and delicacy by singers and instrumentalists alike, weaving the complex emotional tapestry that animates this tragic allegory of trust, love, and deception
Cataloging source
FRMTV
Characteristic
videorecording
Date of event
2009
Language note
Sung in English, with English and French subtitles
Other event information
Recorded
PerformerNote
Malena Ernman (Dido), Christopher Maltman (Aeneas), Judith Van Wanroij (Belinda), Hilary Summers (Sorceress) ; with various other soloists ; Les Arts Florissants ; William Christie, conductor
Place of event
Opéra-comique, Paris, France
http://library.link/vocab/relatedWorkOrContributorDate
  • 1959-
  • 1659-1695
http://library.link/vocab/relatedWorkOrContributorName
  • Warner, Deborah
  • Roussillon, François
  • Ernman, Malena
  • Maltman, Christopher
  • Wanroij, Judith van
  • Summers, Hilary
  • Christie, William
  • Purcell, Henry
  • Opéra-Comique (Paris, France)
  • François Roussillon et associés
  • Association relative à la télévision européenne
  • Arts florissants (Musical group)
Runtime
67
http://library.link/vocab/subjectName
Operas
Technique
live action
Label
Purcell's Dido and Æneas, Deborah Warner, stage director ; directed by François Roussillon ; Opéra comique, François Roussillon et associés, Arte
Link
https://www.vpl.ca/ext/scripts/auth/index.php?resource=MediciTv&assetid=movies/didon-et-enee-purcell-deborah-warner-william-christie
Instantiates
Publication
Antecedent source
unknown
Carrier category
online resource
Carrier category code
  • cr
Carrier MARC source
rdacarrier
Color
multicolored
Configuration of playback channels
stereophonic
Content category
two-dimensional moving image
Content type code
  • tdi
Content type MARC source
rdacontent
Dimensions
unknown
Extent
1 online resource (1 video file (1 hr., 6 min., 14 sec.))
File format
unknown
Form of item
online
Level of compression
unknown
Media category
computer
Media MARC source
rdamedia
Media type code
  • c
Medium for sound
other
Other physical details
sound, color.
Quality assurance targets
unknown
Reformatting quality
unknown
Sound
sound
Sound on medium or separate
sound on medium
Specific material designation
  • other
  • remote
Stock number
4563
System control number
  • on1045797150
  • (OCoLC)1045797150
Video recording format
other
Label
Purcell's Dido and Æneas, Deborah Warner, stage director ; directed by François Roussillon ; Opéra comique, François Roussillon et associés, Arte
Link
https://www.vpl.ca/ext/scripts/auth/index.php?resource=MediciTv&assetid=movies/didon-et-enee-purcell-deborah-warner-william-christie
Publication
Antecedent source
unknown
Carrier category
online resource
Carrier category code
  • cr
Carrier MARC source
rdacarrier
Color
multicolored
Configuration of playback channels
stereophonic
Content category
two-dimensional moving image
Content type code
  • tdi
Content type MARC source
rdacontent
Dimensions
unknown
Extent
1 online resource (1 video file (1 hr., 6 min., 14 sec.))
File format
unknown
Form of item
online
Level of compression
unknown
Media category
computer
Media MARC source
rdamedia
Media type code
  • c
Medium for sound
other
Other physical details
sound, color.
Quality assurance targets
unknown
Reformatting quality
unknown
Sound
sound
Sound on medium or separate
sound on medium
Specific material designation
  • other
  • remote
Stock number
4563
System control number
  • on1045797150
  • (OCoLC)1045797150
Video recording format
other

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