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Purcell: King Arthur


Opera in staged version
  • From Friday 18th to Sunday November 20th 2022
  • Royal Opera
  • 1h45 without intermission
Accueil Purcell: King Arthur 2022


Chantal Santon-Jeffery Soprano

Bénédicte Tauran Soprano

Mathias Vidal Tenor

Romain Dayez Baritone

Douglas Williams Bass

Le Concert Spirituel

Hervé Niquet Adaptation and conductor

Corinne et Gilles Benizio (alias Shirley et Dino) Adaptation, design and staging

Caroline Bibring Staging assistant

Catherine Rigault Costumes

Jacques Rouveyrollis Lighting

Jessica Duclos Lightin assistant

Elisabeth Geiger Vocal coach


Everything you shouldn’t do at the opera: and they did it!


A true baroque gem, signed by Henry Purcell, with a plot rich in twists and turns and colourful characters; King Arthur has met with continuing success since its first performance in 1690. The legend comes back to life conducted by Hervé Niquet, one of the masters of this repertoire, directing the Concert Spirituel, in a staging by Corinne and Gilles Benizio, aka Shirley and Dino, who combine poetry and fantasy, without affecting Purcell’s powerful music: an original and fascinating evening which enchanted the public when it was created!


Coproduction Opéra Royal / Château de Versailles Spectacles, Opéra Orchestre national Montpellier Occitanie

Editions :  Hervé Niquet pour Le Concert Spirituel




Semi-opera in five acts with libretto by John Dryden, first performed in London in 1691.


Show in English with French surtitles

The Royal Opera of the Château de Versailles

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