Opera: The Fairy Queen

After two years of remote opera work, the UC Santa Cruz Music Department presents Henry Purcell’s The Fairy Queen in a special outdoor production to celebrate the return of fully-staged, live opera at UCSC. The Fairy Queen, considered a semi-opera, was written as incidental music for William Shakespeare’s A Midsummer Night’s Dream. In this version of the work, Purcell’s beautiful vocal and instrumental movements are interspersed with dialogue from Shakespeare’s play in a magical evening. UC Santa Cruz singers and actors are joined by members of Visalia’s Sequoia Symphony. Bruce Kiesling conducts, Sheila Willey directs.

The production brings together designers both familiar and new. Lighting design is by Legend Theatrical’s Dave Dunning. Scenic design by Visible Gravity’s Sean Riley. Hair and makeup design by Santa Cruz Shakespeare’s Jessica Carter. Sound design by Live Oak Audio’s Brook Nielsen. Costume design is through our longtime collaboration with Academy of Arts University in San Francisco.

Attend in person: May 27 and 28 at 7:30 p.m.
Tickets $15-$32 (Free for students under 18 or with a student ID). 
Tickets available for purchase here through Eventbrite.

Most COVID-19 requirements have been lifted, though some requirements and recommendations remain as outlined on the Slug Strong website here.

All campus visitors and UCSC affiliates must follow campus COVID-19 mitigation requirements as outlined on the Slug Strong website or as stated by the event organizers.

Saturday, May 28 at 7:30pm to 9:30pm

Upper Quarry Amphitheater
15 McLaughlin Drive, Santa Cruz, California 95064

Event Type

Concerts & Performances

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Alumni, Faculty & Staff, Students, Prospective Students, General Public, Graduate Students


Arts & Culture



Arts Division, Music Department


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