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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.
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  • List of English semi-operas