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new-classics.co.uk, October 2016

This Arthaus blu-ray release features David Pountney’s enchanting and colourful production of Purcell’s The Fairy Queen launched in 1995 by the English National Opera Under the musical direction of Nicholas Kok, this was received with great enthusiasm by both the public and musical press. The dancing roles, brilliantly choreographed by Quinny Sacks, include Puck (Simon Rice) and the Indian boy (Arthur Pita), and the outstanding cast of singers includes Yvonne Kenny as Titania, Thomas Randle as Oberon and Richard Van Allan as curmudgeonly 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 contribute to produce an unusual and riotous musical theatre experience. © 2016 new-classics.co.uk Read complete review



George Dorris
Ballet Review, September 2015

…the large cast, led by Yvonne Kenny as a stately Titania and Thomas Randle, an athletic, brooding, high tenor as Oberon, sings well and is stylishly led by Nicholas Kok. © 2015 Ballet Review




Manuel Ribeiro
Pizzicato, May 2015

Excellent quality: the staging is truly fairy, the singing excellent, the orchestra sound vivid and colourful. Highly recommendable. © 2015 Pizzicato



Richard Lawrence
Gramophone, May 2015

PURCELL, H.: Fairy Queen (The) (ENO, 1995) (NTSC) 100201
PURCELL, H.: Fairy Queen (The) (ENO, 1995) (Blu-ray, HD) 108128

Tom Randle and Yvonne Kenny are excellent as Oberon and Titania, Kenny particularly fine in the usually tedious ‘Plaint’. The dancing is imaginative and amusing, and the ENO forces under Nicholas Kok could have been performing Purcell all their lives. Highly entertaining… © 2015 Gramophone Read complete review on Gramophone





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