In 1960s, a British playwright attempts to reconstruct the life of real life 17th century English composer Henry Purcell even though little is known about him. Purcell's life is reenacted and his music performed.
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One shot shows a stagehand turning a winch to lift Mary Tudor when she's playing Cupid. When she's being lowered, a shot shows the stagehand turning the winch in the same direction as previously. See more
Opera is a danger you would do best to avoid.
A version shown on BRAVO Television is 60+ minutes shorter with serious damage to plot and character. See more
Dido & Aeneas: Dido's lament (Thy hand, Belinda - When I am laid in earth)
Music by Henry Purcell
Performed by Susan Graham
and Peter Harvey with English Baroque Soloists
Conducted by John Eliot Gardiner See more