A Masque for the Entertainment of the King

29 June 2023, 1:05pm

Performance Hall


A singer from the Historial Performance department wearing black and performing on stage

29 June 2023, 1:05pm

Performance Hall


Ashley Solomon director
RCM Musicians
Musicians from Hochschule für Künste Bremen

Blow Venus and Adonis

Musicians from the Royal College of Music's Historical Performance Faculty join forces with those from the Hochschule für Künste Bremen, for a concert performance of John Blow's opera of love, pain and passion – Venus and Adonis: A Masque for the Entertainment of the King.

This exquisite work, originally written for Charles II and performed at Court in the early 1680s, is the earliest through-composed (uninterrupted stream of music) opera in the English language. 340 years on, this special performance will now mark the coronation year of His Majesty King Charles III.

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