Benjamin Britten (1913 - 1976)

A Midsummer Night's Dream


Benjamin Britten (1913 - 1976) A Midsummer Night's Dream

Opera in three acts and four scenes
Libretto by the composer and by Peter Pears, after William Shakespeare's homonym play
Created on 11 June 1960 at Aldeburgh Jubilee Hall

Musical directionKazushi Ono
Stage directionRobert Carsen
Stage and costumes designMichael Levine
LightRobert Carsen and Peter van Praet
ChoreographyMatthew Bourne
Musical assistantEmmanuel Calef
Vocal coach pianistsOuri Bronchti, Michalis Boliakis*
Language coachChris White
Stage assistantEmmanuelle Bastet
Stage design assistantAlison Walker
Costumes assistantZeb Lalljee
Choreography assistantDaisy May Kemp
Second stage assistantFrans de Haas
TytaniaSandrine Piau
OberonLawrence Zazzo
PuckMiltos Yerolemou
TheseusScott Conner*
HippolytaAllyson McHardy
LysanderRupert Charlesworth*
DemetriusJohn Chest*
HermiaElizabeth DeShong
HelenaLayla Claire*
BottomBrindley Sherratt
QuinceHenry Waddington
FluteMichael Slattery
SnoutChristopher Gillett
StarvelingSimon Butteriss
SnugBrian Bannatyne-Scott
Cobweb, Peaseblossom, Mustardseed et MothBenedict Hill, Lucas Pinto, Andrew Sinclair-Knopp and Jérémie de Rijk (members of the Trinity Boys Choir)
ChorusTrinity Boys Choir
Choral directionDavid Swinson
OrchestraOpéra national de Lyon Orchestra

Production / Coproduction
Rerun of the 1991 Festival d'Aix-en-Provence and Opéra national de Lyon production

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In a forest near Athens, during the night of the summer solstice, different worlds overlap. There is the realm of the fairies, disrupted by the discord that opposes King Oberon and Queen Tytania. But there are also four star-crossed lovers and a group of amateur artisans who are rehearsing a play outside the city. Thanks to the magic sap of a flower, the elf Puck sows seeds of havoc and causes unexpected encounters among all the characters. Harnessing the dreamy and sinuous developments of one of Shakespeare’s most cherished play, Benjamin Britten has written a spellbinding opera where each world is differentiated by unique musical material. Robert Carsen directed an enchanting production of this 20th century operatic masterpiece, which was a phenomenal success at the 1991 Festival before going on tour and conquering audiences around the world in 1992. It now returns to its birthplace, the courtyard of the Archeveché, where the summer nights are Provençal and dreams consumed al fresco.

*Former artists of the Festival d'Aix Académie




On 4, 7, 10, 12, 16, 18 and 20 July 2015 at 9:30pm


Prices: 250€, 165€, 115€, 55€, 30€

Youth price: 15€

Discovery offer for children for all performances except the premiere

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3h10 interval included

Performance in English with French and English surtitles

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