The Fairy Queen – Purcell

William Christie, Jonathan Kent – Lucy Crowe, Ed Lyon, Adrian Ward

There are too many highlights to mention in this varied and infinitely delightful entertainment. Glyndebourne has a triumph on its hands.
The Stage

Jonathan Kent's spectacular production of Purcell's huge semi-opera is joyous, imaginative and witty. Glyndebourne, with its intimate auditorium, provides the perfect setting for a drama which is partly spoken and partly sung.

Based on an adaptation of Shakespeare's A Midsummer Night's Dream, the story is lavished with a brilliance that justifies this production's acclaim. Paul Brown's inventive designs, Kim Brandstrup's exquisite choreography, an excellent cast of actors and singers and outstanding playing by the Orchestra of the Age of Enlightenment under William Christie combine to make a seamless theatrical experience, here recorded in High Definition and true surround sound.

© Picture: Alastair Muir

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Jonathan Kent stage director
Paul Brown set designer
Mark Henderson lighting
Kim Brandstrup choreography

Lucy Crowe soprano
Claire Debono soprano
Anna Devin soprano
Helen-Jane Howells soprano
Rachel Redmond soprano
Carolyn Sampson soprano
Robert Burt tenor
Sean Clayton tenor
Ed Lyon tenor
Adrian Ward tenor
Lukas Kargl baritone
John Mackenzie baritone
Desmond Barrit bass guitare
Andrew Foster-Williams bass guitare

Sally Dexter (Titania)
Joseph Millson (Oberon)
Desmond Barrit (Bottom)
Jotham Annan (Puck)
Susannah Wise (Hermia)
Helen Bradbury (Helena)
Oliver Le Suer (Demetrius)
Oliver Kieran Jones (Lysander)

The Glyndebourne Chorus
Orchestra of the Age of Enlightenment
William Christie music director

Movie director : François Roussillon
Playlists : Literature and Music, Selection of The Month, Shakespeare in Music
Musical period : Baroque music
Music genres : Voice, Opera

Duration : 03 h 31 min
Location : Glyndebourne (Lewes, Great Britain)
Recording date : 17-19/07/2009
Production date : 2009
Production : © NHK / Mezzo / Glyndebourne Enterprises Ltd / François Roussillon et Associés
Available version(s) : EN ST FR, EN ST EN, EN ST ES, EN ST DE

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