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Dido & Aeneas: The Mark Morris Dance Group (1995)
Starring: Jennifer Lane, Russell Braun, Ann Monoyios, Shari Saunders, Meredith Hall
Director: Barbara Willis Sweete
Category: Music, Special Interest
Studio: Image Ent.
56 mins



Winner of the Silver Screen Award for Performing Arts, Music and the Gold Apple for Performing Arts, Music

This adaptation of Henry Purcell's Dido And Aeneas, a baroque operatic masterwork first written in 1689, takes a fresh and controversial approach to the oldest English opera still being regularly performed today.

Mark Morris, choreographer of the critically acclaimed and provacative dance production, boldly creates the roles of both Dido and the Sorceress in this opera, long famed for its emotional drama, dance sequences and powerful final aria.It is the ill-fated love story of Dido, the noble Queen of Carthage, and the Trojan Prince Aeneas.While the court celebrates the monarchs' imminent union, the evil Sorceress with her coven of witches plots their downfall.Romance leads to heartbreak and tragedy.

Members of the incomparable Mark Morris Dance Group perform the supporting roles.Tafelmusik, the award-winning Toronto-based baroque orchestra, provides accompaniment to a superb cast of vocal soloists, including the great American mezzo-soprano Jennifer Lane as Morris's singing counterpart.