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THE FAIRY QUEEN &
DIDO AND ÆNEAS

HENRY PURCELL (1659-1695)

Concert

Ensemble The English Concert
Conductor and harpsichord Harry Bicket

SUITE SAID ONE CHARMING NIGHT, EXTRACTS OF THE FAIRY QUEEN

Semi-opera in 5 acts with prologue
Anonymous libretto based on A Midsummer Night’s Dream by William Shakespeare
First performed in Dorset Garden Theatre, London, 2 May 1692

Symphonies, songs and dance music extracts from acts I , II, III and IV

DIDO AND ÆNEAS

Tragic opera in 3 acts
First performed at the Josias Priest Boarding School for Girls, Chelsea, 1689

Dido Susanna Hurrell
Æneas David Stout
Belinda Mary Bevan
Second woman Sophie Junker
Sorceress Susan Bickley

As part as Festival Bach de Lausanne,
in coproduction with Opéra de Lausanne

Sunday 30 October 2016, 5PM

Ticket price CHF 25.- to 90.-
Duration: 2h10 (one intermission included)

THE FAIRY QUEEN

In this adaptation of Shakespeare’s play, the Secret looks over the Fairy Queen's sleep and sings the mesmerizing One Charming Night. Purcell’s wonderful and final masque is characterized by the charm of the tunes sung by the allegorical characters Night, Mystery, Secret and Sleep, the rich musical interludes and the refined harmony.


DIDO AND ÆNEAS

Literature has always provided composers an abundant source of inspiration throughout the ages. The second half of this program is inspired by Virgil's Aeneid, the subject of Purcell's Dido and Æneas, a widely-known tale in Europe at the time, while the first half has its roots in Shakespeare's exhilarating A Midsummer Night’s Dream. From this semi-fantasy opera, the English Concert creates a suite of movements that bring life to Love, Nature and, of course, magic.

Artistic director Kei Koito