[...] the results are impressive, to judge from Thursday night’s expressive and finely wrought performance of Purcell’s dramatic opus “King Arthur,” led by artistic director Jeffrey Thomas.The performance (the first of two on successive nights) marked a sort of climax to the week’s festivities, which conclude on Sunday afternoon, Aug. 13, with the traditional valedictory rendition of Bach’s B-Minor Mass.For showing off the abilities of a large collection of Baroque singers, you could hardly do better than Purcell’s 1691 opus, which teems with dozens of short vocal numbers that can be assigned more or less at will.Unlike the dramatically taut and completely sung “Dido and Aeneas” for which the composer is best remembered today, the semi-opera (Purcell wrote several) was a distended hybrid of spoken stage play, choral and solo singing, and dance interludes.All indications are that a full performance of “King Arthur,” with the poet John Dryden’s jingoistic theatrical celebration of England’s glorious beginnings at Camelot, would run something like five hours and put modern audiences to sleep.Any list of highlights would have to include the duet between the so-called Cold Genius — a mysterious spirit who reigns in the frozen north and shivers with every note he sings — and Cupid, who warms him and his frostbitten minions with the power of love.Other standouts included soprano Amanda Keenan, who sang vibrantly as a Saxon priestess and in a number of other segments; tenor Jacques-Olivier Chartier, who brought expressive stateliness to a shepherd’s celebration of the pastoral life; sopranos Ju Hyeon Han and Victoria Fraser as two seductive sirens who try to lure Arthur astray; and soprano Katelyn G. Aungst, who concluded the evening by bestowing Venus’ sumptuous favor on England in perpetuity.
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