Sunday 11 October 2009

Dido and Aeneas

To the Barbican yesterday to see Les Arts Florissants perform Dido and Aeneas in the Barbican Hall. The performance was based on a staged version, but we saw a reduced but no less impressive version with no sets and a simplified lighting plot.

I was lucky enough to attend the rehearsal before hand, where it was fascinating watching Christie and his performers fitting the performance to the new space. All were impressive both in rehearsal and in performance. It is always amazing to watch the transformation that comes over a cast between rehearsal and performance, the magic of live theatre. For musical director who seems to keep to a minimum what he does in a performance, Christie proved to be highly articulate and keenly aware of all the details which he required, from orchestral articulation through to lighting and the pronunciation of awkward English vowels.

My full review of the performance will appear in the next few days.


  1. Nicola11:07 am

    Hello! I work at the Barbican and was lucky enough to see this fantastic performance! I did not want it to end. Glad you also enjoyed it - I look forward to reading the rest of your review (once it is up - I'll add a link to it in our discussions section of our Barbican Classical Music facebook group if that is ok?)

  2. My full review is up on the Music and Vision web site here:-


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