The Fairy Queen (2007)

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As the grand finale to its 30th season and a highlight of the Shakespeare in Washington celebration, Folger Consort presented Henry Purcell's magical 1691 semi-opera based on A Midsummer Night's Dream from April 13 to April 15, 2007. For this rare concert presentation of The Fairy Queen, one of the composer's wittiest and most ravishing scores, the Consort assembled a period orchestra and a stellar cast of virtuoso voices in the Folger's Elizabethan Theatre.

Sheet Music (Caccini, Pein d'amoroso affetto). Claire Duggan.


Folger Consort

Artistic Directors

  • Robert Eisenstein: violin
  • Christopher Kendall: theorbo

Guest artists

Voices: Soloists

  • Mark Bleeke: tenor
  • Rosa Lamoreaux: soprano
  • Francois Loup: baritone
  • Drew Minter: countertenor

Special guests

With passages from William Shakespeare's A Midsummer Night's Dream

  • Richard Clifford
  • Sir Derek Jacobi
  • Lynn Redgrave

Voices: Chorus

  • Joellen Brassfield: soprano
  • Philip Cave: tenor
  • Barbara Hollinshead: mezzo soprano
  • Robert McDonald: baritone


  • Risa Browder: violin
  • Michael M. De Sapio: violin
  • Nina Falk: violin
  • June Huang: violin
  • Annie Loud: violin
  • Benjamin Van Vilet: violin
  • Mariana Renno Jelen: viola
  • Scott McCormick: viola
  • Sara Wetherbee: viola
  • Jodi Beder: cello
  • John Moran: cello
  • Tracy Mortimore: double bass
  • Marilyn Boeneau: bassoon
  • Stephen Bard: oboe
  • Sarah Weiner: oboe
  • Stanley Curtis: trumpet
  • Erika Schafer: trumpet
  • Webb Wiggins: harpsichord
  • Aubrey Adams: kettle drums


  • Richard Clifford, Stage Director

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