Henry Purcell's King Arthur

29 July 2023/ United Kingdom / Cambridge

The epic Arthurian tale is interwoven with masques made up of delicious dances, songs and choruses. The genre is now described as semi-opera and has its roots in Restoration drama but also draws on the French tradition of Lully’s Comédies-Ballets and Tragédies Lyriques.

Purcell’s score is wonderfully inventive. Orchestral preludes give way to solo songs and choruses, which tell of danger lurking around every corner, lost sight restored and insurmountable obstacles being overcome.

Participants in our Baroque Summer School will be working towards this final performance of King Arthur, choreographed and staged by Mary Collins and directed by Laurence Cummings.
Henry Purcell's King Arthur

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