Thursday Opera Matinee - Purcell - The Fairy Queen

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Penny Gore introduces Purcell's sparkling Shakespearean masque in a performance conducted by early music specialist Jordi Savall and recorded at the Pau Casals Hall, Barcelona, last summer

Thought to have been written not long before the composer's early death, for the wedding anniversary of William and Mary, the score was lost and not rediscovered until a little over a hundred years ago. In fact the first modern performance was conducted in London by none other than Gustav Holst, with introductions from Ralph Vaughan Williams

The fine young cast includes finalists of the Sixth Academy of the International Ancient Music Centre Foundation and former New Generation Artist Benjamin Appl

2pm

Purcell: The Fairy Queen, Z.629

Rachel Redmon, soprano

Ingeborg Dalheim, sopano

Lucía Martín-Cartón, soprano

Alex Potter, countertenor

David Sagastume, countertenor

Malcolm Bennett, tenor

Víctor Sordo, tenor

Benjamin Appl, baritone

Julián Millán, baritone

Le Concert des Nations

La Capella Reial de Catalunya

Jordi Savall, conductor.