An operatic version of Shakespeare's fantasy play. With great skill and sensitivity, Britten presents the play as a charming opera, retaining the serene magic of the forest, the distress of the lovers, Puck's mischief, and Bottom's lamentably amateur theatre company. Revival of 2008 productionPerformers James Laing (Oberon), Christopher Ainslie (Oberon), Jeni Bern (Tytania), Sky Ingram (Helena), Kathryn Rudge (Hermia), Alexander Sprague (Lysander), Quirijn De Lang (Demetrius), Darren Jeffery (Theseus - Leeds), Yvonne Howard (Hippolyta), Henry Waddington (Bottom - Leeds), Darren Jeffery (Bottom - Salford Quays/Newcastle/Nottingham), John Savournin (Quince), Nicholas Sharratt (Flute), Sion Goronwy (Snug), Joseph Shovelton (Snout), Geoffrey Dolton (Starveling), Daniel Abelson (Puck).
Music Benjamin Britten. Author Shakespeare. Adapted by Benjamin Britten. Adapted by Peter Pears. Company Opera North. Conductor Stuart Stratford. Director Martin Duncan. Design Johan Engels. Costume Ashley Martin-Davis. Lighting Bruno Poet. Choreographer Ben Wright.