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Purcell: The Fairy Queen (Semi-Opera)
The imagination knows no bounds in the realm of the Fairy Queen. A young couple sings “Let us leave the town” at the beginning. Spirits dart through the air, bird calls and echoes resound through the styriarte forest when Nikolaus Harnoncourt conducts Purcell’s greatest semi-opera. Director and set designer, once again, is Philipp Harnoncourt. In baroque London, semi-opera was the term given to these opulent revues of acting and musical masques. The Fairy Queen was the most expensive of them all, premiering at the Drury Lane Theatre in 1692.
Introduction to the opera by Thomas Höft. At 6:30pm. Free of charge.
radio broadcast: Saturday, July 12, 07.30 pm, Ö1