Symphony Hosts Fairy Queen Semi-Opera at Fox Theater
During last year’s pandemic, Kiesling asked some members of Sequoia Symphony to record music from the opera because it was too difficult to get the college orchestra, where Kiesling is also a professor. , do it virtually. This year, they have changed places since several members of the orchestra of the opera join the symphonic musicians for the show at Fox. Kiesling wanted to see if they could pack the sets, lavish costumes and performers to recreate the opera in Visalia. “It’s kind of a trial run to see if it’s something we could bring to Visalia every year,” Kiesling said.
Wiley said she was thrilled to be joined by members of the Sequoia Symphony, “It’s an incredible joy and an unprecedented learning experience for these singers to perform with a professional orchestra.”
The Fairy Queen was by Henry Purcell, who was the most important English composer of his time, also composed the music for The Prophetess, King Aurthor and Dioclesian. The opera was originally intended to be performed with a production of A Midsummer Night’s Dream, which was to last just over four hours. Kinesling said their production is half length.
Tickets are $35 for general admission and $10 for students 18 and under. For more information, visit the Sequoia Symphony website, www.sequoiasymphonyorchestra.com/season