The Dreamless Dorian Gray

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 takes place on May 18 at 19.30. More information can be found here.

The Fairy Queen is a performance about fluidity versus rigidity, about gender blurring that transcends all genres.

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 rehearsals: © Lutz Edelhoff