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Online - Glyndebourne Open House: The Fairy Queen

Sunday August 30, 2020 at 17:00
Available Online Until
Sunday August 30, 2020
Glyndebourne YouTube channel, Lewes
Free admission – no ticket required

  1. The Fairy Queen Z 629 - Henry Purcell

Taking us from rowdiest, raunchiest comedy to bewitching beauty and pathos, Purcell’s The Fairy Queen is a theatrical fantasy unlike any other. Shakespeare’s A Midsummer Night’s Dream finds itself at the centre of a sequence of musical apparitions and conjurings – fairies romp and play, animals dance and mortals are manipulated by the gods. Through it all, love and desire weave their irresistible spell.

Purcell’s score brings everything from English choral writing to Italian laments and French dances together in a rich musical tapestry. There’s comedy from lusty shepherds and tenderness from separated lovers – a musical story that winds around Shakespeare’s play and characters to create an exhilarating fusion of theatre, music and dance.

Jonathan Kent’s ‘delectable’ production opens up a 17th century cabinet of curiosities to reveal the contemporary magic within, working with conductor William Christie and a cast including Lucy Crowe, Carolyn Sampson and Ed Lyon to find the anarchic energy at the heart of this unusual work.

The Fairy Queen was captured live at the Glyndebourne Festival in 2009. It is streamed for free on the Glyndebourne website from Sunday 23 August (5pm) to Sunday 30 August (5pm).

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