Henry Purcell – The Fairy Queen



Michael Chance, coach

The Fairy Queen is the third and most vibrant of Purcell’s semi-operas, a form that as the term implies is a mix of opera and drama. However, in contrast to the earlier works, for the first time Purcell was writing for professional singers rather than for actors who could also sing.

The three storylines in the opera come from William Shakespeare’s A Midsummer Night’s Dream. They are interrupted by ‘masques’, musical interludes with allegorical references to the storylines. This format creates the scope to create numerous extraordinary figures, such as Oberon and Titania, the king and queen of the elves, but also Snout the tinker, and Adam and Eve, who sing of the creation of the world.

After studying their roles with their teacher, the students will spend five intensive days of rehearsals preparing the theatrical staging of the opera with the well-known British countertenor, Michael Chance. This is production process that has proved very successful in previous years.

Last year's masterclass by British countertenor Michael Chance

He is renowned for his interpretations of baroque, early music, and classical repertoire. Here he guides opera students from Royal Conservatoire The Hague, Netherlands, in preparation for last year's production of Claudio Monteverdi's L'Incoronazione di Poppea.

Details

Date

Fri 1 February 2019 19:00

Location

Kees van Baarenzaal, Royal Conservatoire

Entrance fee

Admission is free

Date

Sat 2 February 2019 15:00

Location

Kees van Baarenzaal, Royal Conservatoire

Entrance fee

Free Entry