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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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BudapestA Midsummer Night's Dream

Britten: A Midsummer Night's Dream
Levente Török; Máté Szabó; Hungarian State Opera; Csörsz Khell; Anni Füzér; Judit Kenesey; Zoltán Daragó

LilleA Midsummer Night's Dream

Britten: A Midsummer Night's Dream
Guillaume Tourniaire; Laurent Pelly; Opéra de Lille; Massimo Troncanetti; Michel Leborgne

Frankfurt am MainA Midsummer Night's DreamNew production

Britten: A Midsummer Night's Dream
Geoffrey Paterson; Brigitte Fassbaender; Oper Frankfurt; Christoph Fischer; Anna-Sophie Lienbacher; Jan Hartmann; Deborah Einspieler
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The Grange Festival opens with Britten's Dream

Britten's four lovers were costumed in quasi-contemporary, even glamorous manner, stripping to their underwear for the end of Act 2... so more Love Island than Ancient Athens.
****1
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A stunning Midsummer Night's Dream for the Adelaide Festival

Neil Armfield's enchanting production of Britten's A Midsummer Night's Dream finally comes to Australia as the centrepiece of the 2021 Adelaide Festival, making a virtue of necessity with its astute casting of Australian talent.
*****
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An enchanting new Midsummer Night’s Dream at Deutsche Oper Berlin

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

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

Despite the excellent playing of the Britten Sinfonia, Anna Morrissey’s flawed production disappoints. 
***11
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