APR 6 + 8, 2018


Purcell’s exquisite music—vivid and colorful with ingenious dramatic effects and an entertaining script by Jeremy Sams (creator of the Metropolitan Opera’s The Enchanted Island)—make for a fresh-and-fun riff on A Midsummer Night’s Dream, as seen through Queen Titania’s eyes. An encore of our summer 2017 Tanglewood performance—pure magic…bound to delight.

“A delightful operatic confection, led by Artistic Director Harry Christophers … was stylishly up to date … actress Antonia Christophers made a fine, sassy job of narration.”

– The New York Times


NEC's Jordan Hall


Friday, April 6, 2018 at 7:30PM
Sunday, April 8, 2020 at 3:00PM


Purcell: The Fairy Queen

Performed by

Harry Christophers, conductor
Antonia Christophers, narrator
Charles Humphries, countertenor (Mopsa)
Matthew Brook, bass-baritone (Drunken Poet/Coridon/Hymen)
Sarah Brailey, soprano
Margot Rood, soprano
Sonja DuToit Tengblad, soprano
Sarah Yanovitch, soprano
Jonas Budris, tenor
Brian Giebler, tenor
Stefan Reed, tenor
Woodrow Bynum, baritone

Purcell: “Drunken Poet” scene from The Fairy Queen
Harry Christophers, conductor
Jonathan Best, bass-baritone
Handel and Haydn Society

Purcell: Prelude from Act 1, The Fairy Queen
Harry Christophers, conductor
Handel and Haydn Society