The Fairy Queen (Blu-ray)
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Purcell: The Fairy Queen (Blu-ray)
Composer: Henry Purcell
Release Date: January 27, 2015
Conductor: Nicholas Kok
Richard Van Allan
Marc Le Brocq
Orchestra: Chorus and Orchestra of the English National Opera
Label: Naxos of America
Subtitles: German, English,Spanish
Run time: 134 mins.
Number of discs: 1
This new production of Purcell's The Fairy Queen– a five act opera based on Shakespeare’s A Midsummer Night’s Dream– was launched in 1995 by the English National Opera and was received with great enthusiasm by both the public and musical press.
Under the musical direction of Nicholas Kok, the orchestra played a baroque music, which was as crystal clear as it was expressively infectious.
Next to outstanding performers in the dancing roles, an entire armada of excellent singers was summoned up such as one seldom experiences together.
These principal artists included Yvonne Kenny as Titania, Thomas Randle as Oberon and Richard Van Allan as King Theseus.
Jonathan Best, with his comic portrayal of the drunken poet, was loved by the audience and praised highly by the press, while other singers like Michael Chance, Mary Hegarthy, Janis Kelly, Marc Le Brocq and Christopher Ross all contributed their talents to produce an unusual and entertaining musical theatre experience.
"It’s exhilarating, funny, romantic, sexy ... the sense of a big company at full stretch thoroughly enjoying itself, is enormously invigorating." (The Times)
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