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Henry Purcell

Publisher: Novello & Co

King Arthur
Publisher
Novello & Co Ltd
Category
Opera and Music Theatre
Arranger/Editor
Margaret Laurie
Duration
1 Hour 40 Minutes
Chorus
SATB
Language
English
Solo Instrument(s)
5 Sopranos, Countertenor, Tenor, 4 Basses
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Programme Note
Henry Purcell King Arthur
BRIEF SYNOPSIS

Arthur, king of the Britons and Oswald, Saxon king of Kent, are rivals for the hand of Emmeline, the blind daughter of the Duke of Cornwall. Already ten bloody battles have been fought and the Saxons have been driven back. The decisive conflict is about to be launched when Emmeline and her attendant Matilda are captured by Oswald. Arthur, having resisted the temptations of two sirens, captures the spirit Grimbald and breaks the enchantments that are set against him. In the last act the opposing armies fight: Arthur meets Oswald in hand-to-hand conflict and, disarming him, offers him his freedom. Emmeline (whose sight has been restored) and Arthur are united. Merlin banishes the winds and Britain’s island rises from the sea.

Performances
Date
Title
  • 05 MAR 2020
    Studebaker Theater / Chicago, IL / USA
    CCPA Opera Ensemble

    Other Dates:
    6 March - Studebaker Theater / Chicago, IL / USA

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