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Miriam Margolyes a star turn in Brisbane Baroque

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Brisbane Baroque has added another star to the cast of King Arthur. The internationally acclaimed Miriam Margoyles is to act as narrator of this rare concert performance of Henry Purcell’s masterpiece.

Written in 1691, King Arthur originally comprised music by Purcell to a text by John Dryden but most modern performances focus on the music, which includes some of the composer’s finest works.

Brisbane Baroque has commissioned acclaimed director Rodney Fisher to direct and design King Arthur. Mr Fisher will also write new text to link the various episodes of the work, with Ms Margoyles as the narrator.

Her lengthy resume includes film appearances as the Nurse in Baz Luhrmann’s Romeo and Juliet, Mrs Mingott in Martin Scorsese’s The Age of Innocence and Professor Sprout in Harry Potter and the Chamber of Secrets.

On television she has played Flora Finching in Little Dorrit for the BBC, and Lady Whiteadder and Queen Victoria opposite Rowan Atkinson on the famous Blackadder series. And she recently recorded two episodes of the ABC series Rake. Her stage appearances have included Beckett’s Endgame in the West End and her phenomenally successful one-woman show Dickens’ Women, which she wrote and which toured the world.

Miriam Margoyles is famed not only for her stage, film and television work but also for her distinctive voice. Hers was the voice ofBabe in George Miller’s eponymous movie and the persuasive sales pitch for Cadbury’s caramels.

The cast for King Arthur will include rising star soprano Greta Bradman, British tenor Nicholas Scott and leading Australian conductor and chorus director Brett Weymark and the director is Mark Gaal. Five Brisbane singers from the Lisa Gasteen National Opera School at Griffith University Conservatorium will also take part.

Brisbane Baroque will be held from April 8 to 16 at stunning venues all over Brisbane. It is the only dedicated baroque music festival in the southern hemisphere, and celebrates an era of unmatched creative energy. After scooping the pool at last year’s Helpmann Awards with an unprecedented five wins, Brisbane Baroque has expanded the 2016 season and this year will showcase international stars and a host of emerging Australian musicians.

King Arthur at Brisbane Baroque

Monday April 11 at 7.30pm

Brisbane City Hall

Ticketing at

Other highlights of Brisbane Baroque 2016 program include:

  • Agrippina, Handel’s first Italian opera, starring a superb international cast in the first complete staging of this masterpiece in Australia

A three-part celebration of the music of ANTONIO VIVALDI

  • The debut of the acclaimed baroque mezzo, VIVICA GENAUX
  • The Australia debut of the sensational Iranian-American harpsichord virtuoso MAHAN ESFAHANI
  • Appearances by rising Australian star soprano GRETA BRADMAN
  • A semi-staged performance of Henry Purcell’s rarely performed opera KING ARTHUR
  • Three concerts with Brisbane’s celebrated chamber orchestra, CAMERATA OF ST JOHN’S, stars of the 2015 event.
  • The return of the wildly popular 5 x 5 x5 @ 5 series featuring exclusively Queensland/Brisbane-based musicians.
  • Nine FREE recitals and talks.
  • Performances in two of Brisbane’s ecclesiastical architectural icons, St. John’s Cathedral and St. Brigid’s, Red Hill.
  • Major emphasis on YOUNG PERFORMERS – 30 UNDER 30

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