Teatro dell'Opera di Roma
Jan. 22, 2017 • 2:30PM
Jan. 28, 2017 • 2:30PM
Jan. 28, 2017 • 8:00PM
Music by Henry Purcell
Adaptation by CULTURE CLASH & Andreas Mitisek
"Lord, what fools these mortals be!" This re-imagination of A Midsummer Night's Dream is a gender-bending culture clash of social satire. Shakespeare's labyrinth of foolish love is explored through our multicultural America and fused together through Purcell's musical magic. The iconic CULTURE CLASH troupe updates the story with a Chicano tinge, and MUSICA ANGELICA—LA's premiere Baroque Orchestra - creates authentic sound.
"The music is, from start to finish, delicious." -LA Times
Purcell composed Fairy Queen in 1692 as a masque or semi-opera; The original libretto was an adaptation of Shakespeare's A Midsummer Night's Dream. The score for the opera was lost and only rediscovered early in the twentieth century. Purcell did not set any of Shakespeare's text to music; instead he composed music for short masques in every act but the first. The play itself was shortened and updated, but in the main the spoken text is as Shakespeare wrote it. LBO has commissioned a new adaptation by CULTURE CLASH.