KING ARTHUR | Semi-Opera von Henry Purcell | Staatsoper Berlin
The Fairy Queen, Semi-Opera, Z. 629: Second Music: Rondeau
The Fairy Queen, Semi-Opera, Z. 629: First Music: Prelude
Purcell 'Trumpet Tune' from King Arthur
The Fairy Queen, Semi-Opera, Z. 629: First Music: Hornpipe
The terms "semi-opera", "dramatic[k] opera" and "English opera" were all applied to Restoration entertainments that combined spoken plays with masque-like episodes employing singing and dancing characters. They usually included machines in the manner of the restoration spectacular. The first examples were the Shakespeare adaptations produced by Thomas Betterton with music by Matthew Locke. After Locke's death a second flowering produced the semi-operas of Henry Purcell, notably King Arthur and The Fairy-Queen. Semi-opera received a deathblow when the Lord Chamberlain separately licensed plays without music and the new Italian opera.