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opera Purcell's King Arthur Sven-Eric Bechtolf (stage director), René Jacobs (conductor) — With Annett Fritsch, Robin Johannsen, Benno Schachtner ...

Sven-Eric Bechtolf (stage director), René Jacobs (conductor) — With Annett Fritsch, Robin Johannsen, Benno Schachtner ...

Purcell's King Arthur Sven-Eric Bechtolf (stage director), René Jacobs (conductor) — With Annett Fritsch, Robin Johannsen, Benno Schachtner ...

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What does Henry Purcell (1659–1695) mean by “dramatick opera,” the description of his King Arthur, or The British Worthy? Conductor René Jacobs—Baroque specialist and connoisseur since his beginnings as a countertenor in the 1970s—makes it clear in a new production of the masterwork, staged by the brilliant Sven-Eric Bechtolf, which cleverly adapts the original dialogues that animated the hybrid music-theatre form in 17th-century England.

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Cast

  • Sven-Eric Bechtolf | Stage director
  • Julian Crouch | Set designer, Co-stage director
  • Gail Skrela | Choreographer
  • Kevin Pollard | Costume designer
  • Olaf Freese | Lighting
  • Joshua Higgason | Video
  • Detlef Giese | Dramaturgy
  • Annett Fritsch | Soprano
  • Robin Johannsen | Soprano
  • Benno Schachtner | Countertenor
  • Mark Milhofer | Tenor
  • Stephan Rügamer | Tenor
  • Arttu Kataja | Baritone
  • Johannes Weisser | Baritone
  • Staatsopernchor Berlin
  • Martin Wright | Chorus Master
  • Akademie für Alte Musik Berlin
  • René Jacobs | Conductor

Program

  • Henry Purcell, King Arthur, Z.628
    • 1. Ouverture
    • 2. Fantazia upon a note
    • 3. Sonata Style - Outplay in G
    • 4. The staircase overture
    • 5. Pavan
    • 6. Cibell for trumpets ans strings
    • 7. Symphony
    • 8. Air
    • 9. Woden’s Hall
    • 10. Overture
    • 11. Come, if you dare
    • 12. Fourth Act Tune
    • 13. A Fancy (by J. Dowland)
    • 14. Fourth Act Tune
    • 15. Hither, this way
    • 16. Let not a moon-born elf
    • 17. Hither, this way (Reprise)
    • 18. Come, follow me
    • 19. We brethren of air
    • 20. Saint George
    • 21. Fantazia III
    • 22. How blest are shepherds
    • 23. Shepherd, shepherd, leave decoying
    • 24. Come, shepherds, lead up - Outplay: Hornpipe & Minuet
    • 25. Three parts on a ground
    • 26. The fife and all the harmony of war
    • 27. Three parts on a ground
    • 28. Air
    • 29. Second Act Tune
    • 30. Fantazia XI
    • 31. We must work, we must haste
    • 32. Thus, thus I infuse
    • 33. Ouverture in G minor
    • 34. Improvisation
    • 35. Dialogue, a capella
    • 36. Dialogue
    • 37. Jigg
    • 38. Chaconne
    • 39. Third Act Tune
    • 40. Frost Scene (What ho! / What Power Art Thou / Thou doting fool / Great Love, I know Thee Now / No part of my Dominion / Prelude / See, See, We Assemble)
    • 41. Tis I, Tis I
    • 42. Sound a Parley
    • 43. Tis Love
    • 44. Frost Scene
    • 45. Music from “The Virtuous Wife” (Z 611)
    • 46. Two daughters of this aged stream
    • 47. How happy the lover - Passacaglia
    • 48. Fantazia upon a note
    • 49. Fife, intro
    • 50. The Queen’s funeral march
    • 51. Here the deities approve
    • 52. Overture in g minor
    • 53. Ye blust’ring brethren
    • 54. Round thy coasts
    • 55. For folded flocks
    • 56. Your hay it is mow’d
    • 57. Fairest isle
    • 58. Pavan in B-flat major
    • 59. Sonata for trumpet and strings
    • 60. Our natives not alone appear
    • 61. Sonata for trumpet and strings

Details

  • Directed by:
    • Andy Sommer
  • Venue: Staatsoper Berlin (Berlin, Germany)
  • Production date: 2017
  • Duration: 2 h 50 min
  • Production: © Bel Air Media - Mezzo
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