The Rime of the Ancient Mariner

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Journey with the OAE through calm seas, auspicious gales and supernatural elements. Purcell’s music has been curated by the musicians of the OAE to provide a dramatic counterpoint to a reading of The Rime of the Ancient Mariner by actor Rory Kinnear (The Imitation Game, Quantum of Solace). Travel and the idea of leaving home left a deep impression on the British mindset in the 17th and 18th centuries. Purcell imagined distant worlds – timeless and brave, new and old – in his operas The Fairy Queen, King Arthur, The Tempest and Dido and Aeneas. Meanwhile, the promise of adventure on the high seas as a symbol for spiritual discovery is found throughout literature of the Enlightenment – think Candide, Gulliver’s Travels and the emergence of the travelogue. It reached a peak around the time of Cook’s landing in Australia and exploration of Antarctica, and The Rime was published not long after, in 1798.


Enjoy code: 250712
Target groups
Youth, Elderly, Adult
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