Past Events

King Arthur, Festival de Beaune

Cour des Hospices de Beaune

28 July 2019, 9.00pm

Jessica Cale, Rowan Pierce and Charlotte Shaw sopranos
Jeremy Budd and James Way tenors
Marcus Farnsworth and Ashley Riches baritone/bass

Purcell King Arthur

Long renowned for our performances of the music of Henry Purcell, Gabrieli present King Arthur, the composer’s great 17th century patriotic opera, in a new performing edition by Christopher Suckling. Depicting the battles between King Arthur’s Britons and the Saxon invaders, this 1691 setting of John Dryden’s poetry is full of dynamic dance rhythms and lyrical song, including the justly famous Fairest Isle, as well as the ‘frost scene’. Conductor Paul McCreesh leads a virtuosic consort cast in one of Purcell’s most vivid and imaginative scores.