THE FAIRY QUEEN
By Henry Purcell
libretto by E. Settle or T. Betterton after Shakespeare’s A Midsummer Night’s Dream
Dec 3, 6, 7 & 8 2003
Every piece in Purcell's The Fairy Queen is a masterpiece. It's an enigma of a piece; there's much we don't know about it - including who adapted the libretto - but the music speaks for itself.
Enter a realm of sheer joy and exuberance, where fairies, mortals and people from myth and legend play together, bound in the magic of Purcell's score.
Cast & Crew
Sara Macliver, soprano
Sally-Anne Russell, mezzo
Jamie Allen, tenor
Paul McMahon, tenor
Stephen Bennett, bass
Miriam Allan, soprano
Belinda Montgomery, soprano
Alison Morgan, soprano
Jenny Duck-Chong, mezzo
Brett Weymark, tenor
Corin Bone, baritone
Simon Lobelson, baritone
Orchestra of the Antipodes – Anna McDonald, leader
Reviews & Testimonials
One of the most beautiful, and most memorable airs in The Fairy Queen. A reflection on the duality of love.
Sara Macliver, Cantillation, Orchestra of the Antipodes, Antony Walker, conductor.
The first of a quartet of arias celebrating the four seasons, this is delightfully sung by Miriam Allan.
Miriam Allan, Orchestra of the Antipodes, Antony Walker, conductor.
The penultimate movement in the Fairy Queen, this is a piece of dance gorgeousness. Our almost favourite.
Orchestra of the Antipodes, Antony Walker, conductor.