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The Fairy Queen – Ein Sommernachtstraum

Ulrike Quade directs the well-known opera The Fairy Queen by Henry Purcell with lyrics from Shakespeare’s A Midsummer Night’s Dream. The Fairy Queen is a co-production with Theater Erfurt, Tanztheater Erfurt and Theater Waidspeicher. These three large city theaters have asked Ulrike Quade to direct the semi-opera with twelve dancers, six puppet players, seven singers, a large orchestra and choir in Erfurt, Germany. The premiere took place on May 18 2019. More information can be found here.

The Fairy Queen is a performance about fluidity versus rigidity, about gender blurring that transcends all genres. Here you’ll find an interview with Ulrike Quade about The Fairy Queen. performance

Henry Purcell (1659-1695), who is seen as the first English opera composer, made The Fairy Queen in which he mixed the original lyrics of Shakespeare’s A Midsummer Night’s Dream with festive baroque songs. It is therefore called a semi-opera, because of the two genres (texts and music) that are mixed here. In this international Fairy Queen music, dance, theater and puppetry, Ulrike interweaves into an interdisciplinary show in which Ulrike directs dancers, puppet players, singers, a large orchestra and choir in Erfurt, Germany.


Direction: Ulrike Quade
Dramaturgy: Larissa Wieczorek
Musical direction: Samuel Bachli
Editing, new texts en assistant director: Thomas Lamers
Set design: Marc Warning
Costume design: Carly Everaert
Choreografie: Ester Ambrosino
Lighting design: Floriaan Ganzevoort
Puppet Design & Creation: Kazunori Watanabe
Choir direction: Andreas Ketelhut
Soloists: Julia Neumann, Daniela Gerstenmeyer, Andreas Karasiak, Juri Batukov, Katja Bildt, Julian Freibott, Ks. Máté Sólyom-Nagy, Tomas Mielentz, Steffie Konig, Martin Vogel, Paul Gunther, Karoline Vogel, Kathrin Bluchert

Photography: © Lutz Edelhoff


‘Boundaries between disciplines are blurring’. Ulrike Quade about The Fairy Queen –Thüringer Algemeine May 15 2019

Verwirrung der Gefühle,Thüringer Algemeine May 20 2019

Heimliche Stars und verführte Verführer. May 21 2019 Nederlandse vertaling

MDR Mitteldeutscher Rundfunk Ein Sommernachtstraum.Das Puppentheater in Erfurt mit einer neuen Premiere’.

Place de l’Opera: ‘Ulrike Quade regisseert The Fairy Queen in Erfurt’. May 15 2019