The world’s first musical

The dramatick opera, or the semi-opera, was the great trend in England during the second half of the 17th century. The entirely-sung opera had not yet been established, and by combining spoken dialogues with song and music composers could still charm a conservative English audience. Purcell was a master of the genre, with semi-operas like The Tempest, The Fairy Queen and King Arthur all making opera history. And although Merlin does make an appearance, the opera is based on the battles between the Britons and the Saxons, rather than the stories of Camelot – but don’t let that stop you from attending, King Arthur is an excellent production.

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