‘Restless Night – a journey to madness in Purcell’s time - SOLD OUT’

23 Oct.'20
- 20:00

Xavier Sabata & friends

The celebrated Catalan countertenor Xavier Sabata transports you to the England of the 17th century, when society was obsessed with the ‘abnormal’. Mentally-ill people who had been incarcerated in psychiatric hospitals captured the imaginations of the English people. English baroque masters such as Purcell and Eccles were also intrigued by these characters and wrote ‘mad songs’. They demonstrated their great originality by using sudden tempo changes and unusual melodic twists to represent the ever-changing moods of the insane. A neglected repertoire that is well worth discovering! 

Xavier Sabata
Brice Sailly
harpsichord, organ
Wim Maeseele
guitar, theorbo
Romina Lischka
viola da gamba
John Weldon

Reason, what art thou?

John Eccles

Must then a faithful lover go?

Gottfried Finger

While I with wounding grief did look

John Eccles

Restless in thought

John Eccles

I burn, my brain consumes to ashes

Henry Purcell

From rosy bow'rs (Don Quixote, Z.578)

Henry Purcell

Bess of Bedlam (Silent Shades and the Elysian Groves)

Daniel Purcell

Morpheus, thou gentle god

Henry Purcell

O Solitude, My Sweetest Choice, Z.406

Practical information


Henry Le Boeuf Hall

Rue Ravenstein 23 1000 BRUSSELS

In order to comply with the new rules of the security committee, we are reallocating the seats in the Great Hall Henry Le Boeuf. ​​​​​​​We sent you a new e-ticket. 

All events are organized in accordance with the health protocol for the cultural sector. Please check out our COVID-measures to visit BOZAR in all safety.