Tuesday 03 October 2017 7.00pm

Purcell's King Arthur (semi-staged)

Event details

  • 7.00pm. Barbican Hall, London, UK

  • Free pre-concert talk at 6.00pm

  • Richard Egarr director & harpsichord

  • Louise Alder soprano

  • Mhairi Lawson soprano

  • Reginald Mobley countertenor

  • Charles Daniels tenor

  • Ivan Ludlow baritone

  • Ashley Riches bass

  • Choir of AAM

  • Ray Fearon narrator


  • Purcell King Arthur (1691) (semi-staged performance)


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About this concert

If you enjoyed The Fairy Queen last season, don’t miss out on the next instalment in our Purcell cycle. Daisy Evans and her team bring you Purcell's Restoration semi-opera, King Arthur, dramatically reimagined for contemporary times.

"What ho! Thou genius of this isle, what ho! Liest thou asleep beneath those hills?"

Spectacular battles rage whilst enchantment and magic glisten beneath the surface; the famous ‘Frost scene’ shivers with Purcell's lyric genius, and the ultimate victory of the Britons over the Saxons concludes with a glorious celebratory masque. Richard Egarr and an oustanding cast bring Dryden's words and Purcell's extraordinary music to life in a performance not to be missed.

Surtitles will be displayed.

“Underpinned by the Academy's informed musicianship - the evening was a delightful succession of phantasmagoric tableaux" THE INDEPENDENT revew of 2016's The Fairy Queen

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 Heppy Longworth at h.longworth@aam.co.uk, or call 01223 341092.