Monday 10 October 2016 7.00pm

Purcell The Fairy Queen

The beginning of our Purcell opera cycle

Event details

  • 7.00pm. Barbican Hall, London, UK

  • Free pre-concert talk at 6.00pm

  • Mhairi Lawson soprano

  • Rowan Pierce soprano

  • Iestyn Davies countertenor

  • Gwilym Bowen tenor

  • Charles Daniels tenor

  • Ashley Riches bass

  • Daisy Evans stage director

  • Jake Wiltshire lighting designer

  • Timothy West narrator

  • Richard Egarr director & harpsichord

  • Choir of the AAM


  • Purcell The Fairy Queen (1692)


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About this concert

As part of the celebrations of the 400th anniversary of William Shakespeare's death, the AAM opens its three-year Purcell opera cycle with a semi-staged performance of The Fairy Queen.  Drawing inspiration from A Midsummer Night's Dream, this bewitching tale celebrates the wonder and joy of love in all its forms.

Using a combination of song, dance and spoken word, Purcell conjures up an enchanted world where the magical forces of nature reign supreme.  Purcell's setting of the English language is second to none and The Fairy Queen shows him blending words and sound to create extraordinary, ravishing and witty results. 

For this semi-staged performance, brought to life by stage director Daisy Evans (award-winning co-founder of Silent Opera), the orchestra and Choir of the AAM directed by Richard Egarr will be joined by revered Shakespearean actor Timothy West and a stunning cast of soloists including Iestyn Davies and Mhairi Lawson.  Part of Barbican Presents.  Produced by the Barbican and Academy of Ancient Music.

Please note:

Priority booking is available for AAM Society members.  For more information about supporting the Academy of Ancient Music, please contact Emma Fox at, or call 01223 341092.