THE HENRY PURCELL SOCIETY OF BOSTON PRESENTS:
KING ARTHUR, a semi-opera by Henry Purcell
play by Poet Laureate, John Dryden
**performed on period instruments
Saturday, November 19, 2016 at 7pm in the Cathedral Church of Saint Paul, located at: 138 Tremont Street, Boston, MA
Boston Tickets HERE:
Tickets: $65, $45 and $25
Sarah Yanovitch, Cupid and Venus
David Kravitz, as the Cold Genius
Benjamin Evett, King Arthur
and Esme Allen as his lover, Emmeline
CREDIT: staged by Bob Scanlan, musical direction by Ian Watson, co-produced/ sponsored by the Henry Purcell Society of Boston
With special appearances by Elissa Alvarez, Nicole Estima, Kathryn McKellar, Jessica Petrus, Wee Kiat Chia, Katherine Growdon, Krista River, Charles Blandy, Eric Christopher Perry, Stefan Reed, Jacob Cooper, David Tinervia, Sumner Thompson, and Bradford Gleim
In what has been called “a 17th century ‘Game of Thrones’ ” by Leed’s scholar Stephen Basdeo, Henry Purcell’s sumptuous Baroque musical masque accompanying John Dryden’s fantasy tale of enchantment, war, and liberation is celebrated still as one of the triumphs of English Restoration art and culture. Premiered in 1691 for the regents William and Mary, the Poets’ Theatre teams up with the musicians of the Henry Purcell Society of Boston, and Arcadia Players period orchestra to present a rich baroque pageant of alternating dramatic scenes and ravishing music.
The legendary King Arthur saves Britain from invading Saxons, as competing sorcerers and magicians battle, in our own presidential election month, for the soul and integrity of the nation.