arts 03.17.10

BAM Opera Festival:
Purcell's The Fairy Queen
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US Premiere
The Fairy Queen
Mar 23, 25—27 at 7:30pm
Tickets start at $35

"… a perfect performance…" —Le Monde (FR)

"…a triumph…" —Le Figaro (FR)

"William Christie capture[s] all of Purcell's playfully sly and sexy charm." —The Telegraph (UK)

Part play, part song and dance, the centerpiece of the BAM Opera Festival, Henry Purcell's ribald and irreverent semi-opera The Fairy Queen bursts with theatrical magic as a fanciful take on Shakespeare's A Midsummer Night's Dream.

Featuring Les Arts Florissants under the brilliant musical direction of William Christie, and directed by the acclaimed British theater and opera director Jonathan Kent, The Fairy Queen unfolds as a riotous bacchanal of nymphs, drunken poets, black-winged fairies, and cloud-bound gods, made luminous throughout by Purcell's breathtaking score.

See the video preview and read more about The Fairy Queen at BAM.org


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Related Events
The Fairy Queen Gala
Tue, Mar 23 at 7:30pm
Celebrate the historic occasion of BAM's first Opera Festival with The Fairy Queen Gala, an unforgettable celebration that includes a spectacular dinner and a special performance of The Fairy Queen. Tickets start at $300 (for performance and champagne reception only). For more information or to order your tickets, contact Patron Services: PatronServices@BAM.org or 718.636.4182


Rehearsal with Commentary: The Fairy Queen
Fri, Mar 26 at 5:15pm
Get a unique, behind-the-scenes look into William Christie's creative process as he offers special audience commentary during a rehearsal of Purcell's semi-opera The Fairy Queen.


Purcell Songs and Duets
Sun, Mar 28 at 3pm
Enjoy a rare, intimate recital of Purcell songs and duets featuring William Christie on harpsichord and soloists from The Fairy Queen. Followed by a champagne reception.


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