A Glorious Time
Fairy Queen' -
'... tender expression and all requisite vim.'
As a financial speculation, this semi-opera was hardly more successful than the current British economy. Every scenic device that the Dorset Gardens could produce was called into play. There were grottoes, arbours adorned with all varieties of flower, and delightful walks. Act 3 required a great wood with river in the middle, over which two dragons provided a bridge, while swans were seen floating in the distance. The swans then turned themselves into dancing fairies until frightened away by four savages...
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CD INFORMATION: PURCELL: THE FAIRY QUEEN