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Fairy-Queen, Thelocked

  • Curtis Price

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Semi-opera in five acts by henry Purcell, anonymously adapted from william Shakespeare’s A Midsummer Night’s Dream; London, Queen’s Theatre, Dorset Garden, 2 May 1692.

The Fairy-Queen was the third semi-opera Purcell composed for the United Company of the Theatre Royal. It was the most lavish and expensive show of the decade, costing some £3000 to stage. Though the ‘Court and Town were wonderfully satisfy’d’, it was one of the few semi-operas to lose money. In ...

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