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About The Indian Queen
In his second production of the season, acclaimed director Peter Sellars presents a newly contextualised version of Purcell’s The Indian Queen, which promises to be as significant a musical occasion as it will be a theatrical experience.
Sellars takes Purcell’s final, rich, transcendent incomplete score and incorporates some of the composer’s most ravishing sacred and secular pieces; adding vibrant set designs from graffiti artist Gronk and a text based on Nicaraguan author Rosario Aguilar’s novel The Lost Chronicles of Terra Firma. The result is a spectacle of music, theatre, dance, literature and visual art that describes the first contact between Europeans and the Mayans of the New World from the perspective of the women who forged a new society.
The musical team is led by baroque specialist Laurence Cummings, artistic director of major early music festivals in Britain and Germany. With an integral contribution from the ENO Chorus, the cast includes Julia Bullock, the exceptional young soprano who won widespread praise in the role of Teculihuatzin in Madrid in 2013, and leading British lyric soprano Lucy Crowe, who is now in demand all over the world following her stunning performance in ENO’s Agrippina in 2007.