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In April, L'Opera de Montreal's Atelier Lyrique apprentice program presented more early music in the form of Henry Purcell's Dido and Aeneas, mounted in the exquisite and intimate Monument National.
The story of Dido and Aeneas is quite well-known, but it is a short piece, so there is a double bill on offer, Stravinsky's dance drama Les Noces, and they seem to complement each other really well.
This year we've commissioned a new piece from him on Dido and Aeneas, and we've talked about commissioning a new piece for next year as well.
Such is the demand for tickets for the Houston Grand Opera (HGO) production of Purcell's Dido and Aeneas that opens February 2 that two extra performances have had to be added.
Westfield School in Gosforth staged the opera Dido and Aeneas at The Jubilee Theatre.
To bring its 19th season to a close, Opera Atelier revisited two of its signature works from seasons past, Marc-Antoine Charpentier's Acteon, one of its first ventures into the French Baroque, and Henry Purcell's Dido and Aeneas, the calling card for its first European tour.
But if we are really taking ourselves back to Restoration times, shouldn't the thunder in Dido and Aeneas have been suggested, not by a metal sheet but by cannon-balls rolling across a wooden floor?
It paired Bach's Coffee Cantata with Purcell's Dido and Aeneas (operatically mainstream by comparison) in striking productions by Moscow-based Dimitri Bertman and with COC Orchestra musicians under the direction of Richard Bradshaw.
It flits across the private life of Henry Purcell typically not to tell us he wrote Dido and Aeneas or Lilliburlero but that his wife was having a difficult fourth pregnancy and the composer was working on a series of jolly rounds on the text of Kiss My Arse.
In addition to Mozart's familiar Cosi fan Tutte and Purcell's Dido and Aeneas, you will find winning performances of such unjustly ignored scores as Graun's Cleopatra e Cesare and Telemann's Orpheus (a real discovery).
PURCELL The Fairy Queen, Dido and Aeneas (Decca): Another double-CD set from Universal Classics restores two further important operatic performances to the catalogue, with Benjamin Britten conducting Purcell's The Fairy Queen and Steuart Bedford the same composer's Dido and Aeneas.
The Glenn Gould Professional School of the Royal Conservatory of Music mounted an intriguing double bill of Purcell's Dido and Aeneas and Leonard Bernstein's Trouble in Tahiti, with the latter being the evening's clear winner.