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Purcell : The Fairy Queen


Opera in staged version
  • Thursday June 27th 2024
  • Royal Opera
  • 8pm l 2h15 with intermission


  • The Winners of the 11th Jardin des Voix :
  • Paulina Francisco Soprano
  • Georgia Burashko Mezzo-soprano
  • Rebecca Leggett Mezzo-soprano
  • Juliette Mey Mezzo-soprano
  • Ilja Aksionov Tenor
  • Rodrigo Carreto Tenor
  • Hugo Herman-Wilson Baritone
  • Benjamin Schilperoort Bass-Baritone
  • Les Arts Florissants
  • William Christie Conductor
  • Baptiste Coppin, Samuel Florimond, Anahi Passi, Alary-Youra Ravin, Daniel Saad et Timothée Zig Dansers of the Compagnie Käfig
  • Mourad Merzouki Choreography and stage direction
  • Rémi Autechaud Choreography assistant
  • Claire Schirck Costumes
  • Fabrice Sarcy Lighting design
  • Sophie Daneman Linguistic advisor


A new production of Purcell’s masterpiece, this Fairy Queen focuses on youthfulness and inventiveness for near-total spectacle !


In an enchanted forest, reality meets dreams, illusion and the supernatural, while the paths and love stories of young Athenians, woodland fairies and a troupe of actors cross.


Inspired by A Midsummer Night’s DreamThe Fairy Queen draws on Shakespeare’s comedy to create a funny yet magical tale that continues to amaze more than 300 years after its creation. Performed for the first time in London in 1692, just three years before Purcell’s untimely death at the age of 35, this semi-opera is the work of a young prodigy. It features some of the most beautiful arias he ever composed – such as the very poignant “O let me weep” or the lively “Thrice happy lovers” – in which his artful counterpoint and his sense of theatre are truly showcased.

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It is precisely this panache, energy and youthfulness that this new production aims to convey. Conducted by William Christie and Paul Agnew, alongside choreographer Mourad Merzouki – in his first collaboration on an opera – this Fairy Queen will be an opportunity to discover the latest winners of the Jardin des Voix, the academy for young singers run by Les Arts Florissants. These eight soloists, selected from around the world and already attracting the attention of the entire baroque sphere, will by turns take on all the characters of this joyful story, alongside contemporary dancers from the Käfig company.

The result is a full lyrical experience, resolutely young and new, where the art of the past and present combine to truly delight the senses !


With the generous support of Aline Foriel-Destezet, Grand Patron of The Fairy Queen and Jardin des Voix; and the Société Générale Foundation C’est vous l’avenir, Grand Patron of Jardin des Voix.



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Semi-opera in five acts with a prologue to a libretto based on Shakespeare’s A Midsummer Night’s Dream, premiered in London in 1692.


New production


Show in English with French and English surtitles.


First part : 50 mins


Seconde part : 1h

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PRESTIGE CATEGORY : Excellent seats with complimentary glass of champagne and programme.


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