Purcell: King Arthur

Wednesday 11 April 2018 - 8pm
Surtitles in French
Approximate duration: 
2h including intermission

A true gem of baroque music, signed by Henry Purcell, with its plot full of twists and turns and colorful characters, King Arthur has been a lasting success since its first performance in 1691. 


The story tells of the confrontation between Arthur, the Christian Breton king and Oswald, the Pagan Saxon king. Assisted by their sorcerers – Merlin on the side of good and Osmond on the side of evil – they fight for supremacy over Brittany and for the heart of Emmeline, a blind young girl. Love, honor and peace will triumph, saved as if by magic.

King Arthur has become Purcell’s signature work and Paul McCreesh fully intends to defend its truly British dimension, with the colours and freshness of its creation in 1691, (Purcell was only 31) with a passionate and virtuoso troupe.



Henry Purcell (1659-1695)
King Arthur


Semi-opera in 5 acts on a libretto by John Dryden.
Created in London in 1691.



Anna Dennis Soprano

Mhairi Lawson Soprano

Emily Dickens Soprano

Jeremy Budd Tenor

James Way Tenor

Marcus Farnsworth Baritone

Dingle Yandell Bass-baritone


Gabrieli Consort and Players

Paul McCreesh Conductor