All of Purcell

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Purcell composed King Arthur in 1692, during the reign of William III, the protestant regent of the Dutch provinces. As a consequence of his marriage to Mary Stuart,  he had been invited to assume the throne of England in 1688. The libretto is a working out of the well-loved King Arthur story, one of ancient Britain’s core legends covering the transition from paganism to Christianity.

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A Musical journey to England at the time of the Dutch Golden Age.

 

 

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The Purcell Gala 2010 guides you through 17th-century London; concise texts link together a wide range of music. Purcell’s unequalled diversity is overwhelming: theater music, dance music, and bawdy drinking songs side by side with magnificent odes; comic fanfares next to ingenious chaconnes....

 

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The story of the hero Aeneas who, after fleeing burning Troy, is shipwrecked and received by Dido, founder and queen of Carthage, whom he leaves after a short but passionate love affair;
Dido is left behind, a broken woman. She chooses to die. Dido’s famous lament and a beautiful choir of cupids after her death terminate Purcell’s magical opera. But this isn’t the end of Dido and Aeneas’ tale in Virgil…

 

 

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Between 2003 en 2009, Frédérique Chauvet, in cooperation with stage director David Prins staged three Dramatic Operas by Purcell: Fairy Queen, A Tempest and King Arthur