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Henry Purcell (1659-1695)
King Arthur

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Title Henry Purcell (1659-1695)
King Arthur
Description "Edited and adapted by Colin Graham
From the original opera by John Dryden,
Music realized by Philip Ledger

This version commissioned by the English Opera Group and first presented at the Norwich Triennial Festival, October 19, 1970"
Creator The Washington Opera
Date January 5, 7, 9, 11, 13, 18, 21, 27, 29, 31, February 2, 1991

Eisenhower Theater
The Kennedy Center
Washington DC
Contributor Cast (in order of appearance):
Merlin- Kimm Julian
Two Trumpeters upon the Stage- Daniel Smith, Mark Henriksen
Conon- Bradley Hayes
Aurelius- Robert Baker
Arthur- Kurt Ollmann
Emmeline- Sylvia McNair (Jan 5, 7, 9, 11, 13)
Amy Burton (Jan 18, 21, 27, 29, 31, Feb 2)
Oswald- Carl Halvorson
Guillamar- Gordon Holleman
Grimbald- Kurt Link
Philidel- Elisabeth Comeaux
Matilda- Willow Johnson
A Shepherd- Michael Bicoy
Two Shepherdesses- Mary Gresock, Rebecca Ocampo
Three Drunken Soldiers of Arthur's camp- Richard Tappen, Marshall Ginn, Richard Potter
Cupid- Rebecca Abram
Two Sirens- Patricia Little, Terri Surabian
A Sylvan- Richard Turner

The Washington Opera
Relation "Washington Opera: Purcell 'King Arthur'"
by Charles McCardell

Musical America
July 1991
"The Magic's in the Music: In 'King Arthur,' Spectacle Without Plot"
by Joseph McLellan

The Washington Post
January 7, 1991
"Long Live The New 'King'"
by Joan Reinthaler

The Washington Post
January 11, 1991
"'King Arthur' restored with depth, humility"
by Octavio Roca

The Washington Times
January 7, 1991
[photo by Ross D. Franklin]
Type Opera

Magazine article review

Newspaper article


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The Washington Opera, “Henry Purcell (1659-1695)
King Arthur,” Cook Music Library Digital Exhibitions, accessed November 27, 2021,