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Purcell King Arthur
St. John's Smith Square
16 July 2015, 7pm
Gabrieli have long been renowned for their performances of Purcell’s The Fairy Queen, most recently performed in summer 2012. This July, we are delighted to be performing Purcell’s King Arthur at St John’s Smith Square followed by a short European tour.
King Arthur is the great patriotic opera of the seventeenth century depicting the battles between King Arthur’s Britons and Saxons. Full of brilliant dance music and beautiful songs, this 1691 setting of John Dryden poetry includes the justly famous Fairest Isle and the great “frost scene” in one of Purcell’s most vivid and imaginative scores. Gabrieli’s cast includes soloists Sophie Junker, Grace Davidson, Nicholas Mulroy, Marcus Farnsworth and Ashley Riches.