The Fairy Queen wins DVD of the year 2010 the BBC Music Magazine Awards

The Fairy Queen. Photo: Neil Libbert

Jonathan Kent's acclaimed production of The Fairy Queen is a fascinating carnival of music, theatre and dance. Purcell's The Fairy Queen incorporates elements of A Midsummer Night's Dream and in addition to Shakespeare's characters, conjures up a wild array of gods and goddesses, nymphs and sprites, fairies and shepherds, dancing swans and figures of dream. Purcell's score takes the form of a series of fantastical masques and contains the composer's finest, wittiest and most inventive score.

With Baroque specialist William Christie conducting the period instruments of the Orchestra of the Age of Enlightenment, Glyndebourne's first ever staging of Purcell's The Fairy Queen marked the 350th anniversary of its composer's birth with a joyous celebration of Englishness, in all its rich eccentricity, brought to new life by director Jonathan Kent.

BBC Music Magazine DVD of the Year 2010: The Fairy Queen, 2009 Glyndebourne Festival production, recording co-produced by Glyndebourne and Francois Roussillon et Associés and NHK, DVD licence Opus Arte.

The Fairy Queen is available to buy and will be shown in cinemas this spring.

Reviews

"There are too many highlights to mention in this varied and infinitely delightful entertainment. Glyndebourne has a triumph on its hands." - The Stage

"'It's an absolute riot, but executed with taste and style." - The Daily Telegraph

"It is hard to imagine a more brilliantly creative approach to the work." - The Observer

"There is a line in the opera which goes: 'a thousand, thousand ways we'll find to entertain the hours.' This sums it up. It is, in this astounding production, no exaggeration." - The Observer

"At last, … a production worthy of the composer's genius." - The Sunday Telegraph

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