The Fairy-Queen

Opera

Writers: Henry Purcell

Context

Henry Purcell’s The Fairy-Queen, if performed in full, is a massive undertaking. It is essentially an opera that fits between scenes adapted from Shakespeare’s A Midsummer Night’s Dream. In its original format it requires a full cast of singers, a full cast of actors, and a full cast of dancers to perform the masques. It will come as little surprise to find that the show is often adapted, and the original play is often left out. After being composed for the wedding anniversary of King William III and Mary II in 1692, the piece fell somewhat out of favor, perhaps due to the vast forces

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