Premiere US Premiere
Production Language English
Country of Origin France
Description The centerpiece of the inaugural BAM Opera Festival, Henry Purcell’s ribald and irreverent semi-opera The Fairy Queen came to the Howard Gilman Opera House following its sold-out run in Paris. Part play, part song and dance, The Fairy Queen glistens with theatrical magic as a Restoration-era take on A Midsummer Night’s Dream that slyly elaborates and comments on Shakespeare’s comedy.
Considered Purcell’s greatest work in this form, The Fairy Queen was thought to be lost following his death but was rediscovered at the turn of the 20th century. This production, featuring Les Arts Florissants, premiered in July of 2009 at Glyndebourne Festival Opera in celebration of the 350th anniversary of Purcell's birth.