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Dido and Aeneas & Actéon

Mar 18—Mar 21, 2010
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RUN TIME: 1hr 20min with intermission
March 2010
28 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 11 12 13 14 15 16 17 18 19 20 21 22 23 24 25 26 27 28 29 30 31 1 2 3
Thursday March 18, 2010
Performances no longer available.

Dido and Aeneas
By Henry Purcell

By Marc-Antoine Charpentier

Les Arts Florissants
Musical direction by William Christie

Directed by Vincent Boussard

“…one of the most influential musicians of his age.”
—The Independent (UK)

Thematically linked by supernatural powers who meddle in mortal matters, Henry Purcell's Dido and Aeneas and Marc-Antoine Charpentier's Actéon capture-in strikingly divergent ways-the tensions and decorum of the Baroque era. Directed by Vincent Boussard and conducted by the esteemed William Christie (March 18 & 21) and ascending star Jonathan Cohen (March 20), both new productions reveal Les Arts Florissants' musical mastery of the British and French repertory.

Considered Purcell's "true opera," Dido and Aeneas-based on Virgil's tragic love story of a queen and Trojan refugee-seethes with ineffable pathos through Purcell's resolutely beautiful score. Equally marvelous is Charpentier's Actéon, a taut retelling of the Greek myth in which the hapless hunter, caught glimpsing the bathing goddess Diana, meets a truly tragic fate. Mesmerizing and sonically rich, these distinctive, dramatically astute works create a seamless marriage of narrative, song, dance, and music.

Conducted by William Christie (Mar 18, 21) and Jonathan Cohen (Mar 20)
Musical direction and clavecin by William Christie
Assistant direction by Jonathan Cohen
Mise en scène/éspace by Vincent Boussard
Premier violon by Florence Malgiore

Cast: Emmanuelle de Negri (Aréthuze/Belinda); Katherine Watson (Diane/Second Woman);
Ana Quintans (Daphné/Second Witch); Céline Ricci (Hyale/First Witch); Ed Lyon (Actéon);
Sonya Yoncheva (Dido); Hilary Summers (Junon/Sorceress); Andreas Wolf (Aeneas); Damian
Whiteley (Sailor)