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. New Production. Sung in English. Run time 2 hours 45 minutes. Out in the wood Oberon, the Fairy king and Tytania, his queen, are locked in dispute, and their conflict has turned nature upside down. In nearby Athens live two young women, best friends, one loved by two men, the other by none. When these four escape the harsh restrictions of the city for the freedom of the wood it's their relationships that are turned upside down, so much so that they hardly know each other - or even themselves. By contrast, Bottom the weaver - in the wood with his workmates rehearsing for some amateur theatricals - is always sure of himself, even when he's been made an ass of...Performers James Laing (Oberon), Jeni Bern (Tytania), Elizabeth Atherton (Helena), Frances Bourne (Hermia), Peter Wedd (Lysander), Grant Doyle (Demetrius), Peter Savidge (Theseus), Gaynor Keeble (Hippolyta), Henry Waddington (Bottom), Mark Stone, Stephan Loges (Jun 12/19/21), Yvonne Howard.
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.