Opera North - Masque of Might

Opera North - Masque of Might
An Eco-Entertainment

Language: Sung in English with English titles

Running time: Lasts approximately 2 hours 30 minutes

Henry Purcell is arguably England’s finest composer of music for the stage before Benjamin Britten, yet he wrote only one opera, _Dido and Aeneas_. Immortal masterpiece though that undoubtedly is, much of Purcell’s greatest dramatic music is to be found in the ‘semi-operas’, masques and other entertainments that were popular in his time, such as _The_ _Fairy Queen_.

Taking inspiration from the masque – the 17th Century equivalent of a variety show in its mix of song, dance and spectacle – SIR DAVID POUNTNEY has skilfully assembled a thoroughly modern entertainment that showcases some of Purcell’s best music written for – but now rarely heard in – the theatre. Drawing largely on the original texts set to music by Purcell, this witty, incisive and fantastical work addresses urgently topical themes – the abuses of a powerful political leader and the gathering climate crisis.

Music by Henry Purcell

Libretto assembled and adapted by Sir David Pountney

Part of Opera North’s Green Season.

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