Past Events

The Fairy Queen, Festival de Beaune

Cour des Hospices de Beaune

27 July 2019, 9.00pm

Gillian Keith, Jessica Cale, Charlotte Shaw sopranos
Jeremy Budd, Charles Daniels, James Way tenors
Marcus Farnsworth, Ashley Riches baritone/bass-baritone

Purcell The Fairy Queen

Purcell’s semi-opera The Fairy Queen – written just three years before his untimely death in 1695 – is one of the composer’s most glorious scores. Brimming with invention, in lively dances and songs ranging from the sublime to ridiculous, the bittersweet and erotic undertones of Shakespeare’s comedy have rarely been as beautifully captured as they are here. Conductor Paul McCreesh leads the acclaimed Gabrieli Consort & Players and an all-star cast in a joyous exploration of fairytale, magic and enchantment.