The Fairy Queen – Ein Sommernachtstraum
Chaos in the magic forest. Two noble rulers in a marriage crisis, four young lovers whose parents have other marriage plans for them, the forest ghost Puck, cheeky craftsmen, a fatal magic juice and last but not least the proud elven queen Titania are recipe for William Shakespeare’s (1564-1616) A Midsummer Night’s Dream.
Henry Purcell (1659-1695), who is considered as the first English opera composer, made the semi-opera The Fairy Queen, in which he combined original Shakespeare dialogues from A Midsummer Night’s Dream with festive baroque music numbers. The genre of semi-opera in which dances, music and spoken scenes were combined into a great courtly entertainment, was very popular in England at the end of the 17e century. This form is the perfect occasion for a large co-production of the three most important theaters in Erfurt, which together with the visual theatregroup Ulrike Quade Company from Amsterdam bring a special Gesamtkunstwerk with music, songs, drama, dance and puppetry.