From Henry Purcell Society of Boston:
Long attributed to Henry Purcell, this semi-opera would more aptly be called “Purcell & Friends.” In the style of the English Restoration era theatre, adaptations of Shakespeare’s Tempest in various incarnations feature the work of several composers: Pelham Humfrey, John Weldon, Matthew Locke, John Banister and Jean- Baptiste Lully among others. This work was written and re-written for the stage in at least three recognizable versions, and we will create it yet again with an original narration written by Laurence Senelick. Led by Ian Watson, the Henry Purcell Society of Boston will use music from the 1674 and 1786 versions, adding music curated by artistic director Jessica and historian James Winn that will showcase our phenomenal musicians!
Our presentation of “Tempest” will be performed at the Cathedral of St. Paul, on Tremont Street, Boston.