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Work: A Midsummer Night's Dream

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ComposerBritten, Benjamin (1913-1976)
Period20th century
LibrettistPeter Pears after Shakespeare
Year1960
Work typeOpera / Oratorio
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TokyoBenjamin Britten: A Midsummer Night’s DreamNew production

Benjamin Britten: A Midsummer Night’s Dream
Britten: A Midsummer Night's Dream
Norichika Iimori; Sir David McVicar; New National Theatre; Rae Smith; David Webb; Tamara Gura

ViennaA Midsummer Night's Dream

Britten: A Midsummer Night's Dream
Simone Young; Irina Brook; Vienna State Opera; Nöelle Ginefri-Corbel; Magali Castellan; Lawrence Zazzo; Erin Morley
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An enchanting new Midsummer Night’s Dream at Deutsche Oper Berlin

Jeanine De Bique (Helena), Karis Tucker (Hermia) and Jami Reid-Quarrell (Puck) © Bettina Stöß
Deutsche Oper Berlin’s new production of A Midsummer Night’s Dream is a delightful and whimsical homage to Britten’s masterpiece. The orchestra, soloists and children’s chorus performed with energy and charm under the baton of Donald Runnicles.
***11
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A spirited Midsummer Night’s Dream at the Wiener Staatsoper

Lawrence Zazzo (Oberon) and Erin Morley (Tytania) © Michael Pöhn | Wiener Staatsoper GmbH
Countertenor Lawrence Zazzo is more than at home in the role of Oberon, and possesses a vocal quality ideal for the scheming king of the fairies, simultaneously eerie and seductive.
****1
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Magic from the pit in Nevill Holt’s Dream

Daisy Brown (Tytania) © Ali Wright
Despite the excellent playing of the Britten Sinfonia, Anna Morrissey’s flawed production disappoints. 
***11
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Britten's Dream haunts Guildhall School

William Sharma (Puck), Madison Nonoa (Tytania) and Collin Shay (Oberon) © Clive Barda
Dominic Wheeler did full justice to Britten’s brilliantly colourful and haunting score right from those first eerie glissandi.
****1
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Carsen's Dream conquers a new fan base in Philadelphia

Tim Mead (Oberon) and Miltos Yerolemou (Puck) © Kelly & Massa for Opera Philadelphia
The director's world-renowned 1991 conception of Benjamin Britten's 1960 operaA Midsummer Night's Dream finally makes it to America. 
*****
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