The Fairy Queen


libretto by E. Settle or T. Betterton after Shakespeare’s A Midsummer Night’s Dream

Dec 3, 6, 7 & 8 2003

City Recital Hall Sydney

The Fairy Queen

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.


The soul, of course, is in the singing, particularly the beautifully balanced partnership of Sara Macliver - clear, thrilling and brilliantly precise in Hark the Echoing Air - and Sally-Anne Russell, richly expressive in O let me weep.

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Pinchgut Opera acknowledges the Gadigal people of the Eora nation, the first story-tellers and singers of songs. We pay our respects to elders past, present, and emerging. 
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