A Midsummer Night’s Dream

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Date(s) - 9 Jun 2017 until 14 Jun 2017
7:00 PM - 10:00 PM

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A Midsummer Night’s Dream

Benjamin Britten music
Words adapted from Shakespeare by Benjamin Britten and Peter Pears

Netia Jones director & designer
Ryan Wigglesworth conductor

Cast includes: Iestyn Davies (Oberon), Sophie Bevan (Tytania), Matthew Rose (Bottom) and Clive Bayley, Leah-Marian Jones, Nick Pritchard, George Humphreys, Clare Presland, Eleanor Dennis, Andrew Shore, Lawrence Wiliford, Sion Goronwy, Nicholas Sharratt, Simon Butteriss

Aldeburgh Festival Orchestra

‘There was no time to get a libretto written, so we took one that was ready to hand’. So wrote Britten as one of the reasons for choosing Shakespeare’s play as the subject for his new opera which was required under great time pressure for the re-modelled Jubilee Hall in 1960.

Ever the practical genius, this apparent necessity drew from him a work that has entranced audiences ever since and for which he clearly had a huge affection. Seven years later it was this enchanting masterpiece with which he chose to open the Snape Maltings Concert Hall and Opera House.

With a cast of internationally renowned singers and world-class creative partnership of director Netia Jones and conductor Ryan Wigglesworth, this captivating tale of lovers, rustics and fairies will be brought to life again in a magical new production.

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