KING ARTHUR

Sunday, August 7, 2016 - Start: 8:00 PM

Dramatick opera by Henry Purcell (Salzburg Festival 2004, Felsenreitschule - in German and English). A production of ZDF in cooperation with ARTE

King Arthur: Birgit Remmert, Dietmar König and Michael Schade (left to right) in Jürgen Flimm‘s sparkling production.
King Arthur: Birgit Remmert, Dietmar König and Michael Schade (left to right) in Jürgen Flimm‘s sparkling production.
The British composer Henry Purcell (1659? – 1695) and the playwright John Dryden (who had become somewhat of an author-in-residence at the English court in 1668) captured the spirit of their time when they first attempted a “crossover” piece, mixing genres in their King Arthur (first performed in London in 1691): drama is paired with opera here, courtly dance rhythms with farcical Arcadian elements, national myths with scathing satire. The result is a many-faceted total work of art recounting the struggle between the inimical Kings Arthur and Oswald about a woman and power. A (musical) spectacle full of magic and brilliant stage tricks, conducted by Nikolaus Harnoncourt and directed enchantingly by Jürgen Flimm, featuring stars such as Barbara Bonney, Michael Schade and Michael Maertens.

Cast

Conductor: Nikolaus Harnoncourt | Director: Jürgen Flimm | Orchestra: Concentus Musicus Wien | Duration: 180 minutes | Featuring: Michael Maertens (King Arthur), Sylvie Rohrer (Emmeline), Michael Schade (Tenor), Barbara Bonney (Soprano)