King Arthur

King Arthur:


The Weinberger Barockakademie, the Kreismusikschule Oberlahn and the Theaterschule in Kalkwerk Limburg have prepared the piece "King Arthur" with over seventy contributors and play the rarely performed work in the Lower Orangery in Weilburg.

WEILBURG - With over seventy performers, will soon be performed in the historic hall of the Lower Orangery of Weilburg Castle "King Arthur".

An excerpt from the medieval saga of the British King Arthur and his fight against the hostile Saxons is the starting point for John Dryden and Henry Purcell's music theatre, in which plays and music in recitative, arias, scenes, ensembles and choirs come together.

Only complete drama opera:

This great, complete opera, together with its sister piece "The Fairy Queen", is the culmination of British baroque opera before Handel and inspired Purcell to many of his finest musical creations. Arthur and the rival Saxon King Oswalt are competing for the love of the blind Emmeline.

Magicians and ghosts influence the events and grant advantages soon to the Saxons, soon the British advantages. Emmeline is abducted by the Saxons, but regains her eyesight through the air spirit Philidel and returns to Arthur.

The opera ends with a hymn to St. George, Patron Saint of Britain. The Weinberger Barockakademie, the Kreismusikschule Oberlahn and the Theaterschule in Kalkwerk Limburg have prepared this piece with over seventy contributors and play the rarely performed work in the historic hall of the Lower Orangery of Weilburg Castle.

The ensemble again unites professional actors with youthful actors of the acting scenes. Svea Schenkel, Sabrina Friedrich, Marie Runge, Annette Meisner, Matthias Weyel, Christos Pelekanos and Jacob Winter take over the vocal parts, supported by the project choir and a baroque ensemble of the Kreismusikschule under the direction of Friederike Kremers and Martin Krähe.

The dramaturgical arrangement and direction are with Tobias Winter, who translates the drama scenes with the original texts of John Dryden into German and plays them scenic in our presence.

Musical highlights include the arias Philidels, Cuoidos and the "Cold Genius" many impressive, high-contrast choirs.

The annual Baroque Opera in Weilburg Castle is the result of several previous workshops of the choir, the orchestra and the actor ensemble, which are supported by the Kreismusikschule Oberlahn, the federal program "Kultur Macht stark", the theatre school in Kalkwerk and the state of Hesse.

Teenagers learn opera production:

Young singers, instrumentalists and young people - also from disadvantaged families - are introduced to the production of an opera by working with professionals, as well as those involved in the production team Stage and Costume (Cosima Winter) and Light (Maurice Cisewski).


The performances on the 24th and 25th of August will start at 7pm. Admission costs 18 euros (12 euros) and 70 euros for the family ticket. Information and reservations about the office of the Kreismusikschule Oberlahn, phone 0 64 71-20 04, presale also on the residence bookstore Weilburg.

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