Pinchgut Opera, a local team of superb young singers and musicians, won great acclaim for their production of Semele last year. Now they return with an edgy production of Henry Purcell’s The Fairy Queen. It is a bizarre baroque cabaret with incredible music, acted, sung and played by an excellent line-up of musicians. Purcell’s opera is loosely based on Shakespeare’s A Midsummer Night’s Dream. The Purcell version adds a drunken poet. Pinchgut director Justin Way puts the poet onstage most of the production, writing the play as it goes along. The soloists include Sara Macliver and Sally-Anne Russell. The Fairy Queen will have four performances in City Recital Hall Angel Place  on 6, 7 and 8 December. Bookings are at the Recital Hall box office on 8256 2222.

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