Henry Purcell (mostly) in Love – a new satirical opera

Henry Purcell (mostly) in Love – a new satirical opera
OrganizerSalt Spring Baroque Music Society
DateSaturday, June 22
Start Time7:00 pm
Event Length2 hours
LocationAll Saints by-the-Sea Anglican Church, 110 Park Drive

Finding true love has always been difficult, whether in 2024, or 1694! Henry Purcell (mostly) in Love features Montreal harpsichordist Christophe Gauthier, Vancouver tenor Shane Hanson, and Vancouver countertenor Nicholas Burns in a new comedic drama based on the music of Henry Purcell (1659-1695).

Henry Purcell is one of the most important British composers, and was the creator of beautifully moving operas, semi-operas, and musical dramas. Purcell is well-known for his output of songs composed as incidental music for the theatre with solemn overtures, cheerful or pathetic airs, and delightful dances of every imaginable kind. Most of Purcell's theatre music was written between 1690 and 1695 (the year of his death), and within that relatively brief period he supplied music for more than forty plays.

Henry Purcell (mostly) in Love takes advantage of the dramatic, and often-irreverent nature of Purcell’s vocal music. Arranged into a new 21st century love story, this show follows two young men through the trials and tribulations of attempting to court a woman.

This programme capitalizes on the dramatic nature of song in Purcell’s era, but in an updated, contemporary context, providing a modern way for Purcell’s songs to be ‘re-admired’. The programme will feature both well-known and lesser-known works (like one of Purcell’s humorous rounds), including repertoire that was never intended for a countertenor to sing, such as Dido’s Lament.

Tickets are available at http://www.saltspringbaroque.com or at the ArtSpring box office.

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