A great Dido and Aeneas at the Teatros del Canal

Dido and Aeneas

On Tuesday 17 we attended the premiere of Dido and Aeneas, from Henry Purcell, in the Canal Theatre. Blanca Li Y William Christie have come together to offer a contemporary version of this masterpiece of English music. This is their second collaboration., after the memorable production of The gallant Indies, directed by Andrei Serbian for the Paris Opera in 2005.

Premiered at Chelsea in 1689, Dido and Aeneas continue to express today, movingly, the deepest feelings of love and loss. The libretto is by the Irish poet Nahum Tate from his work Brutus of Alba or the enchanted lovers and from book IV of the aeneid, than the Latin poet Virgil wrote in the first century BC..

To contextualize this great work, Blanca Li ha subido la orquesta al escenario y ha creado una escenografía original, expresiva y atrevida. Y todo con un denominador común, la armonía.

Las óperas barrocas siempre resultan un desafío para los escenógrafos. Pero lo que sin duda es un acierto, es el maridaje que venimos observando desde hace un tiempo entre la ópera barroca y la danza contemporánea de calidad. El diálogo que se establece entre la obra de Purcell y la coreografía de Blanca Le y Evi Keller, es mucho más que complementario, se convierten en imprescindibles.

La plasticidad acuática de los bailarines en el oscuro escenario son el complemento visual perfecto a la historia y a los personajes protagonistas que interpretaban sus roles estáticos, from the top of their vantage points. in front of the cast, the Franco-Italian mezzo-soprano Read Desandre, like Dido. We really wanted to hear it and it has not disappointed us. Accompanied by Renato Dolcini, like Aeneas and Ana Vieira Leite, like Belinda.

But without a doubt the protagonist of this production is the music of Purcell and William Christie his best interpreter.. In front of his formation, Les Arts Florissants, carefully outlines all the elements of a great score. All this with the delicate and subtle sound of his period instruments..

A success of Teatro Real schedule this production and do it in a smaller room, where you can best appreciate the delicate sound of these instruments. Too bad there are only five functions.