n Shakespeare in Southern Africa - A magical South African masque
Henry Purcell's "The Fairy Queen", Robert Lehmeier, (Dir.) : essays and reviews

Volume 24, Issue 1
  • ISSN : 1011-582X



This 'semi-opera' of Purcell's, with a libretto based on , was first performed in 1692 (about a hundred years after Shakespeare wrote the play). Semi-opera is a form of entertainment that "grew from the court Masques of the 16th and 17th centuries in Europe" but, as the programme notes for this production explained, "Umculo|Cape Festival created a new version of the piece specifically for the South African context. The story is concentrated around the central points of conflict, the masques have been cut and the arias allocated to the main characters."

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