The first UK performance of Vox Luminis’ bold, entrancing concert staging of Purcell’s Baroque masterpiece.

The Fairy-Queen, Z.629 (160’)

Vox Luminis ensemble
Simon Robson actor & text
Lionel Meunier artistic director
Tuomo Suni
first violin

Emilie Lauwers scenography & concept
Benoît De Leersnijder mise-en-espace
Mário Melo Costa video production
David Carney set & lighting
Isaline Claeys dramaturgy & text

Vox Luminis production
Concertgebouw Brugge

Henry Purcell was a profound and lifelong inspiration for both Britten and Pears, and his semi-opera The Fairy-Queen, a “Restoration spectacular”, was first staged at the Aldeburgh Festival to mark the Queen’s Silver Jubilee in 1977. An anonymous reworking of Shakespeare’s A Midsummer Night’s Dream, it is a work of tremendous elegance, colour and drama. The score was lost for over 200 years and only re-emerged early in the 20th century.

We are delighted to welcome back Vox Luminis for this special occasion in their 20th-anniversary year. This production was described in Paris as “a must-see event in the world of Baroque music” thanks to “Emilie Lauwers’ bold concept and staging, Mário Melo Costa's stunning visuals, David Carney’s hypnotic lighting, and Isaline Claeys & Simon Robson’s dramaturgy” (