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"If I were asked what all this Chinese mummery had to do with A Midsummer Night's Dream, I could only answer 'Nothing at all,' writes George C. D. Odell in Volume 1 of Shakespeare from Betterton to Irving. The final, 'Chinese', masque in Henry Purcell's dramatic opera The Fairy Queen stands accused by almost every music critic in modern times of irrelevance to the plot. The Dutch Purcell-opera scholars Frans (design) and Julia (text) Muller will provide evidence in word, pictures and animations that the scene is Not Guilty.
Julia Muller's PhD thesis on The Prophetess or Dioclesian was published in 1990. Frans Muller's first publication on the Purcell operas appeared in Theatre Notebook in 1993. They have given illustrated lectures on authentic theatre performance practice of the 17th century from Seattle to Singapore.
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8th May 2008