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100200 - PURCELL, H.: Fairy Queen (The) (ENO, 1995) (PAL)

Henry Purcell (1659-1695)

The Fairy Queen
Opera in five acts (based on Shakespeare's A Midsummer Night's Dream)
Orchestra and Chorus of English National Opera, Conducted by Nicholas Kok
Cast: Yvonne Kenny, Thomas Randle, Simon Rice, Richard Van Allan, Arthur Pita / Choreographed and Staged by Quinny Sacks, Directed by David Pountney

Running Time: 134 min
Recording Date: 1995
Menu languages: GB, D, F,SP
Subtitle languages: D, F, SP
Picture Format: 16:9
Sound Format: PCM Stereo
Region Code: 2,5
Sel. No. 100 200 PAL

The new production of Purcell's The Fairy Queen launched in 1995 by the English National Opera (ENO) was received with great enthusiasm by both the public and musical press. This atmospheric production was prepared by David Pountney, Robert Israel created the stage set, Dunya Ramicova was responsible for costume design and Quinny Sacks was responsible for the choreography of the dance roles as well as the numerous breathtaking ballet scenes. Under the musical direction of Nicholas Kok, the English National Orchestra played a baroque music which was as crystal clear as it was expressively infectious. Next to outstanding performers of the dancing roles such as Puck (Simon Rice) and the Indian boy (Arthur Pita), an entire armada of excellent singers was summoned up such as one seldom experiences together on the baroque opera stage. These included Yvonne Kenny as Titania, Thomas Randle as Oberon and Richard Van Allan as King Theseus. Jonathan Best, with his comic portrayal of the drunken poet, was loved by the audience and praised highly by the press, while other singers like Michael Chance, Mary Hegarthy, Janis Kelly, Marc Le Brocq and Christopher Ross all contributed their talents to produce an unusual musical theatre experience that has been masterfully preserved on this DVD.

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