Staged opera

The Fairy Queen

Henry Purcell


The Fairy Queen
Henry Purcell


Orchestre des Arts Florissants

Musical direction


Musical direction


Choreography and stage direction



Paulina FRANCISCO, soprano
Georgia BURASHKO, mezzo-soprano
Rebecca LEGGETT, mezzo-soprano
Juliette MEY, mezzo-soprano
Ilja AKSIONOV, tenor
Rodrigo CARRETO, tenor
Hugo HERMAN-WILSON, baritone
Benjamin SCHILPEROORT , bass-baritone

Dancers of Compagnie Käfig: Samuel Florimond, Anahi Passi, Alary Ravin, Timothée Zig, and alternating Baptiste Coppin and Daniel Saad / Ian Debono* and Joey Gertin* (* student dancers from the Juilliard School in New York)


Henry PURCELL - The Fairy Queen

"A singular and to this day unforgettable two hours of musical theater." Musical America
"This ʻFairy Queenʼ connects the dots between Purcell and street dance." The New York Times

A new production of Purcell's masterpiece, this Fairy Queen brings together arts, cultures and generations... for a unique experience!

In an enchanted forest, reality mingles with dreams, illusion and the supernatural, as young people gather to escape the city and indulge in the magic of nature. Little by little, as the tunes and dances unfold, the boundaries between dancers, singers and musicians become blurred... leading to the creation of an egalitarian and fraternal community, united by the joy of music.

Freely inspired by Shakespeare's A Midsummer Night's Dream, The Fairy Queen invites us to plunge into an enchanting and playful universe, which continues to amaze us more than 300 years after its creation. First performed in London in 1692, just three years before Purcell's untimely death at the age of 35, this "masque" (or semi-opera) is the work of a young prodigy. It includes some of the most beautiful arias he ever composed - such as the poignant "O let me weep" and the lively "Thrice happy lovers" - in which his art of counterpoint and sense of theatricality come to the fore.

It is precisely this brilliance, this energy and this youthfulness that this new production invites us to see and hear. Conducted by William Christie and Paul Agnew, alongside choreographer Mourad Merzouki - who makes his operatic directorial debut - this Fairy Queen is an opportunity to discover the latest laureates of Le Jardin des Voix, Les Arts Florissants' academy for young singers. These eight soloists, selected from all over the world and already the focus of attention on the Baroque planet, take turns embodying all the characters in this joyous fable, alongside contemporary dancers from the Compagnie Käfig and musicians from the Les Arts Florissants orchestra.

The result is a global lyrical experience, where the arts and cultures of yesterday and today interact and mingle, to the delight of the senses. A joyful, hopeful show that has delighted audiences ever since its creation!


France Musique FM CMJN F  Recorded and broadcast France Musique (on air on January 27, 2024 at 8pm)


With the generous support of Aline Foriel-Destezet

The Fondation d’entreprise Société Générale is a major sponsor of the Jardin des Voix

The performance at Toronto Summer Music is made possible thanks to the generous support from Fondation DRG


Upcoming concerts

Versailles / France
Opéra Royal

  • Thursday, June 27 2024, 8pm
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Milano / Italy
Teatro alla Scala

  • Sunday, June 30 2024, 8pm, Dir. William Christie
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Toronto / Canada
Toronto Summer Music

  • Thursday, July 11 2024, 7.30pm, Dir. William Christie
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Joliette / Canada
Festival de Lanaudière

  • Saturday, July 13 2024, 7pm, Dir. William Christie
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Tanglewood / United States
Tanglewood Festival

  • Thursday, July 18 2024, 8pm, Dir. William Christie
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Katonah, NY / United States
Caramoor Center for Music and the Arts

  • Saturday, July 20 2024, 7.30pm, Dir. William Christie
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London / United Kingdom
Royal Albert Hall - BBC Proms

  • Tuesday, August 6 2024, 7pm, Dir. Paul Agnew
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Previous dates

Season 2023-24

Massy / France

  • Sunday, January 28 2024, 4pm, Dir. Paul Agnew
  • Saturday, January 27 2024, 8pm, Dir. Paul Agnew

Madrid / Spain
Auditorio Nacional de Música

  • Sunday, January 14 2024, 7pm, Dir. William Christie

Valencia / Spain
Palau de Les Arts Reina Sofía

  • Saturday, January 13 2024, 7pm, Dir. William Christie
  • Saturday, January 6 2024, 8pm, Dir. Paul Agnew
  • Thursday, January 4 2024, 8pm, Dir. Paul Agnew

Luxembourg / Luxembourg

  • Thursday, November 9 2023, 7.30pm, Dir. William Christie

New York / United States
Alice Tully hall, Lincoln Center

  • Thursday, November 2 2023, 7.30pm, Dir. Paul Agnew

Compiègne / France
Théâtre Impérial

  • Friday, October 13 2023, Dir. William Christie

Lugano / Switzerland
Sala Teatro

  • Wednesday, October 11 2023, 8.30pm, Dir. William Christie

Bucarest / Roumanie
Romanian Atheneum

  • Sunday, September 24 2023, 5pm, Festival George Enescu

Ghent / Belgium
Opera Ghent

  • Wednesday, September 20 2023, 8.30pm
  • Monday, September 4 2023, 7.30pm, Dir. William Christie

Brême / Germany
Bremen Festpiele

  • Friday, September 1 2023, 8pm, Dir. William Christie

Utrecht / Pays-Bas
Festival Oude Muziek

  • Wednesday, August 30 2023, 8pm, Dir. William Christie

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