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Purcell's King Arthur

Academy of Ancient Music

Picture of Ray Fearon

Daisy Evans and her team bring you Purcell's Restoration semi-opera, King Arthur, dramatically reimagined for contemporary times.

'What ho! Thou genius of this isle, what ho! Liest thou asleep beneath those hills?'

Spectacular battles rage whilst enchantment and magic glisten beneath the surface; the famous ‘Frost scene’ shivers with Purcell's lyric genius, and the ultimate victory of the Britons over the Saxons concludes with a glorious celebratory masque. Richard Egarr, Ray Fearon and an outstanding cast bring Dryden's words and Purcell's extraordinary music to life in a performance not to be missed.

Surtitles will be displayed.

“Underpinned by the Academy's informed musicianship - the evening was a delightful succession of phantasmagoric tableaux" The Independent review of 2016's The Fairy Queen.

6pm Pre-concert talk

Free to ticket-holders


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Barbican Hall