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Purcell – King Arthur

Purcell – King Arthur
20 November 2023 Barnes Music Festival
17th Mar 2024

Purcell - King Arthur

In the company of The Fairy-Queen, Purcell’s King Arthur stands at the pinnacle, and culmination, of the “dramatik opera”. Purcell’s treatment of this Restoration-era genre remains strikingly contemporary, even by today’s standards.

Guided by the libretto, his music effortlessly navigates between lively exuberance and exquisite beauty, perfectly suited for the opulent extravagance of the “Restoration spectacular”. The immediacy with which he conjures each emotion showcases Purcell’s mastery of unifying music and text, a synthesis that later earned him the posthumous epithet, “Orpheus Britannicus”.

Come and find out how this magical legendary tale ends. Sung by the Parish Choir of St. Michael’s with professional soloists and St. Michael’s Baroque orchestra.

St Michael’s Choir
St Michael’s Baroque Orchestra
Laurence Williams, Conductor
Professional soloists

Purcell King Arthur