I'd say yes. Although there are times when the lip-synching is distracting, this is a great film production of Purcell's masterpiece. It is visually stunning, with fluid and very cinematic-looking video directing and very elegant and stately costumes and settings, and the way everything is staged, though it is too cluttered in places, ensures there is rarely, if ever, a dull moment. I did like that fire was used as a persistent theme throughout the production. The music is beautiful and stays in your head for a long time after, especially Dido's lament When I Am Laid in Earth, and the orchestra and conducting perform the score as sensitively as they possibly can.
The singing is great. Maria Ewing I think excels as Dido, she is a moving actress and as always whether in the rapid passages or in When I Am Laid in Earth sings like a nightingale. Karl Daymond is a handsome and vocally well-produced Aeneas, while Rebecca Evans delights especially vocally as Belinda. James Bowman only has about twenty or so bars of music, but the singing as Mercury still manages to be among the best of the cast. The witches are genuinely fearsome and tackle their roles with relish. Sally Burgess is outstanding with her amazing phrasing particularly striking. The chorus are expressive and well-balanced. Overall, a great(if not perfect) film production, and for me the best Dido and Aeneas on DVD. 9/10 Bethany Cox
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