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King Arthur

The Sixteen / Henry Purcell

The Sixteen brings its expertise in early English music to bear on the spectacular Restoration drama King Arthur.

Making its fourth consecutive appearance at the Festival, including the acclaimed performance of Purcell’s The Fairy Queen in 2009, The Sixteen brings its expertise in early English music to bear on the spectacular Restoration drama King Arthur.

With music by Purcell and a libretto by poet laureate John Dryden, the piece recounts not the legends of Camelot but the raging battles between King Arthur’s god-fearing Britons and the heathen Saxons to save Arthur’s intended, the blind Princess Emmeline of Cornwall. A masterpiece of 17th-century patriotism, it contains some of Purcell’s most lyrical and powerful music, with rousing martial episodes, tender arias including the famous ‘Fairest Isle’, and a glorious final vision of a united Britain.

 ‘Harry Christophers conducted with the lightest and sunniest of touches’ The Daily Telegraph

‘a measured, polished performance, stylishly articulated’ The Guardian

Language
Concert performance sung in English

The Sixteen

Henry Purcell

 

Sophie Bevan Soprano

Robert Murray Tenor

Jonathan Lemalu Bass baritone


Harry Christophers Conductor

27 August 2012

This event was part of a previous International Festival and is therefore unavailable to book. The 2020 programme will be announced in the spring.