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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
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.
Sydney Morning Herald, 5 Dec 2003 - Peter McCallum
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.
THE SYDNEY MORNING HERALDSydney Morning Herald, 5 Dec 2003 - Peter McCallum
Sara Macliver, sopranoSally-Anne Russell, mezzo Jamie Allen, tenor Paul McMahon, tenor Stephen Bennett, bassMiriam 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
Antony Walker conductorJustin Way directorKimm Kovac & Andrew Hays designersBernie Tan lighting designerEdith Podesta movement consultantAnna Kosky stage manager
If love's a sweet passion
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.
This the ever grateful spring
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.
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