The Fairy Queen

by Henry Purcell

Jonathan Kent's stunning production of Purcell's epic semi-opera.

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Jonathan Kent's stunning production of Purcell's epic semi-opera, The Fairy Queen, is a scintillating spectacle full of riotous fun. Based on an adaptation of A Midsummer Night's Dream, this critically acclaimed production conjures up all the characters and enchantment one would expect from Shakespeare's forest of fairies and more.

Paul Brown's ingenious designs, Kim Brandstrup's superb choreography, a brilliant cast and an outstanding performance by the Orchestra of the Age of Enlightenment under William Christie make this one of the best operatic experiences available in High Definition.


Sung in English with English subtitles.


Imaginations run riot in a glorious musical romp. 

The Times

…an evening of theatrical enchantment, especially in the all-dancing, all-flying masque of the seasons. 

The Sunday Telegraph

This production is one of the most sumptuous ever to be seen at Glyndebourne, with a gorgeous array of colourful costumes from classical times to the fifties. 

Mail on Sunday

…Lucy Crowe dazzles with her every appearance, a young singer extravagantly blessed with look-at-me-and-listen charisma, and the bass-baritone Andrew Foster-William’s immaculate diction as Time and Hymen, is always a pleasure… 

Sunday Times

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

The Stage


The 2009 Glyndebourne production of The Fairy Queen was a co-production with Théâtre National de l’Opéra-Comique and Brooklyn Academy of Music.

The Fairy Queen was staged and recorded live at Glyndebourne in 2009 and is part of the Glyndebourne Collection.

Production photography © Glyndebourne. Photographer: Neil Libbert

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