Guildhall · London · November 1995

Uniting the students of the Opera and Theatre departments of the Guildhall, along with Dance students from The Place dance school, this huge show (more than 70 performers) was performed in London and in the Hague. The choreography was by Ana Yepes, and this was the start of a long collaboration between her and Negrin. The premiere wa spart of the Purcell year celebrations.

Production Team
Set: Isabella Bywater
Costumes: Isabella Bywater
Lighting: David Cunningham
Conductor: Ton Koopman

Cast included
Fergus Webster, Nicholas Irons, Christopher Ryman, Emily Bruni, Matthew Mills, Paula Stephens, Louise Cannon, Adèle Eikenes, Philip O'Brian and many more

"Francisco Negrin came up with a fleet staging which capitalised upon the young performers' energy and sense of ensemble. The story was kept on the move, the actors delivering their lines to natural speech rythms, as opposed to the Royal Opera House thespians' laboured utterences. Act 3 and the final masque were high points in a production whose simple delights rather upstaged the Royal Opera House's version."

Ray Rosenfield
The Stage
December 1995

"Lacking the ROH's resources, Francisco Negrin's Guildhall production sensibly kept things fairly simple. Where the ROH's production gave the stage machinery a starring role, Negrin placed his faith in human performers. The design wrought some effective transformations, aided by atmospheric lighting and choreography that mirrored and pointed the drama."

Ian Brunskill
The Times
November 1995