The Fairy Queen (Henry Purcell)

Live at the English National Opera
A Co-Production of Monarda Arts / RM Arts and ZDF/Arte in association with Tevel Israel International Communication Ltd. and TV Ontario


The new production of Purcell’s The Fairy Queen launched in 1995 by the English National Opera (ENO) was received with great enthusiasm by both the public and musical press. Under the musical direction of Nicholas Kok, the English National Orchestra played a baroque music which was as crystal clear as it was expressively infectious. Next to outstanding performers of the dancing roles such as Puck (Simon Rice) and the Indian boy (Arthur Pita), an entire armada of excellent singers was summoned up such as one seldom experiences together on the baroque opera stage. These included Yvonne Kenny as Titania, Thomas Randle as Oberon and Richard Van Allan as King Theseus. Jonathan Best, with his comic portrayal of the drunken poet, was loved by the audience and praised highly by the press, while other singers like Michael Chance, Mary Hegarthy, Janis Kelly, Marc Le Brocq and Christopher Ross all contributed their talents to produce an unusual musical theatre experience, released on Blu-ray for the first time.


Available at Arthaus Musik (DVD and Blu ray)



Producer: Colin Wilson
Executive Producer: Jane Seymour
Directed for Screen by: Barrie Gavin
Camera: David Gopsill, Dave Matthews, Sam Morrison, Ian Munday, Roger Prior
Sound: Andy Rose
Subtitles: German, French, Spanish
Running Time: 134 min
Picture Format: 16:9
Year of production: 1995


Creative Team


Composer: Henry Purcell
Libretto: anonymous, after nach “A Midsummer Night’s Dream” by William Shakespeare
Conductor: Nicholas Kok
Chorus Master: James Morgan
Stage Director: David Poutney
Set Design: Robert Israel
Costumes: Dunya Ramicova
Light: Rick Fisher
Choreographer: Quinny Sacks
Chorus: The Royal Opera Chorus
Chorus and Orchestra: English National Opera


Titania: Yvonne Kenny
Oberon: Thomas Randle
Puck: Simon Rice
King Theseus: Richard Van Allan
The Indian Boy: Arthur Pita