The Fairy Queen
Semi-Opera in fünf Akten (1692)
Music by Henry Purcell
Libretto by Thomas Betterton
by William Shakespeare
Director Mariame Clément
In English with German surtitles
Production of Theater an der Wien
Premiere: 19. 1. 2017
English theatre at the time of the Restoration loved large-scale stage spectaculars, the so-called semi-operas. These consisted not just of singing: half of the performance was devoted to spoken dialogue and dance. Henry Purcell composed several such works. The text of The Fairy-Queen presents a variation on Shakespeare's A Midsummer Night's Dream in which the musical masques included in it relate to the action, but function as a kind of allegorical or humorous commentary. The Fairy-Queen contains much of Purcell's finest music, melancholy love plaints, satirical numbers and sophisticated, colourful instrumental passages. The success of the work, first performed in 1692 at the Dorset Garden Theatre in London, was enormous. Following the composer's early death, his entire oeuvre was forgotten; the score of The Fairy-Queen was lost and was not rediscovered until the early 20th century. Since the revival of interest in music of the Baroque era, The Fairy-Queen has also enjoyed greater attention.
As of June 15, 2016 ticket sale at the box-offices (Theater an der Wien, Wien-Ticket Pavillon) as well as telephone and online booking for performances until December 31, 2016. Tickets for performances as of January 1, 2017 will be available as of September 1, 2016.