Le Poème Harmonique

Le Poème Harmonique orchestra – Vincent Dumestre conductor – Chœur accentus / Opéra de Rouen Haute-NoDavid Bates choir leader – Isabelle Druet Dido – Henk Neven Aeneas – Ana Quintans Belinda – Marc Mauillon Sorceress, Sailor – Caroline Meng First Witch – Sarah Jouffroy Second Witch – Nicholas Tamagna Spirit – Jenny Daviet Second Woman

Dido and Aeneas Henry Purcell

Specialists in the French and Italian repertoire, the members of Le Poème Harmonique turn this time to one of the great masterpieces of English opera, Purcell's Dido and Aeneas. The work, which drew on the traditions of the theatre and of the masque - an entertainment made up of song, dance, instrumental music, and spectacular effects created by stage machinery - allowed the English composer to achieve his dramatic ideal. To celebrate this little gem, the only one of its kind in Purcell's oeuvre, Vincent Dumestre has called on a number of outstanding singers - Isabelle Druet, for example, as Dido, to name but one!