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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. Sung in English. Approx. running time 3 hours 25 minutes. Production originally supported (2005) by Oak Foundation.Performers William Towers (Oberon), Gillian Keith (Titania), Mark Beesley (Theseus), Emma Selway (Hippolyta), Ed Lyon (Lysander), Jacques Imbrailo (Demetrius), Katie Van Kooten (Helena), Matthew Rose (Bottom), Jami Quarrell (Puck), Daniela Lehner (Hermia), Mark Richardson (Quince), Andrew Kennedy (Flute), Jeremy White (Snug), Colin Judson (Snout), Krzysztof Szumanski (Starveling), Katie Van Kooten, Matthew Rose, Jami Quarrell.
Music Benjamin Britten. Author Shakespeare. Adapted by Benjamin Britten. Adapted by Peter Pears. Producer Royal Opera. Conductor Rory Macdonald. Director Olivia Fuchs. Design Niki Turner. Lighting Bruno Poet. Choreographer Mandy Demetriou. Design John Driscoll (production design).
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