The Fairy Queen

An adaptation of Fairy Queen by Henry Purcell, directed by Wouter Van Looy.

Fairy Queen is one of the numerous compositions Henry Purcell wrote for theatre. As was usual at that time, this was an adaptation from an older play, in this case Shakespeare’s Midsummernightsdream. In the 17th century Midsummernightsdream was reformed into Fairy Queen: a spectculair play, completed with songs and dances, making use of all possible theatrical registers.

For The Fairy Queen Emmanuelle Haïm is directing her own ensemble Le Concert d’Astree. On request of Opéra de Lille Wouter Van Looy stages this opera. For that he invites the young Belgian artist Freija Van Esbroeck, who shows the human vulnerability by giving it animal extensions. 

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A coprouction of: Muziektheater Transparant, Opéra de Lille, La Clef des Chants/Région Nord-Pas de Calais, Opéra de Dijon.

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Musical Direction: Emmanuëlle Haïm • Choreography: Vivian Cruz • Costume Design: Freija Van EsbroeckMusical performance: Le concert d'Astree • Direction: Wouter Van LooyLighting Design: Sascha van Riel