Henry Purcell's The Fairy Queen

Handel and Haydn Society

The Quarrel of Oberon and Titania, by Sir Joseph Noel Paton

The Quarrel of Oberon and Titania, by Sir Joseph Noel Paton

After mounting Henry Purcell's Dido and Aeneas three summers ago, the centerpiece of our 2017 Festival is a performance, by Boston's Handel and Haydn Society, of Purcell's 'semi-opera', The Fairy Queen, which debuted at the Theatre Royal in London in the spring of 1692.  The work is referred to as a semi-opera because instrumental music, songs, dances and choruses are interspersed, as extended sections, within a spoken play, in this case an anonymous adaptation of Shakespeare's A Midsummer Night's Dream.

The performers:

Director and Harpsichord: Ian Watson
Violin: Aisslinn Nosky; Christina Day Martinson; Susanna Ogata; Fiona Hughes; Adriane Post
Viola: Jenny Stirling and Anne Black
Cello: Guy Fishman and Sarah Freiberg
Oboe/recorder: Priscilla Herreid and Meg Owens

Soprano: Sarah Brailey; Margot Rood; Sonja DuToit Tengblad
Alto: Katherine Growdon and Emily Marvosh
Tenor: Jonas Budris and Stefan Reed
Bass: Woodrow Bynum and Sumner Thompson