Mark Morris’ spirited conducting debut in Berkeley: PBO, Blythe, Dido & Aeneas

Cindy Warner for San Francisco Theater Examiner

Mark Morris conducted the Philharmonia Baroque Orchestra and soprano Stephanie Blythe last night in his conducting debut, with Amber Star Merkens and Domingo Estrada Jr. dancing the title roles in Morris’ quirky Dido & Aeneas. Morris assigns a singer to each dancer, the singers standing on platforms in the orchestra pit with PBO, the singers’ heads showing so their voices project