Inspired by Shakespeare's A Midsummer Night's Dream, Purcell wrote The Fairy-Queen for the 15th wedding anniversary of England's King William III and Queen Mary II, with its initial performance taking place in grand fashion at London's Queen's Theatre in 1692. The composer died three years later, at the age of 36, when the score to The Fairy-Queen was also lost, right up until it was rediscovered in the early years of the 20th century. Since then, the work has played on numerous opera and concert stages across the world. The Hungarian State Opera, too, has included it in its programme as a worthy closing number to the Shakespeare season. This storybook world of fairies will be conjured up on the stage of the Erkel theatre by András Almásy-Tóth.