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. Generously supported (2005) by Oak FoundationPerformers William Towers (Oberon), Gillian Keith (Titania), Tove Dahlberg (Hermia), Katie Van Kooten (Helena), Robert Murray (Lysander), Grant Doyle (Demetrius), Darren Jeffery (Bottom), Jonathan Best (Quince), Andrew Kennedy (Flute), Andrew Sritheran (Snout), Andrew Mayor (Starveling), Jeremy White (Snug), Mark Beesley (Theseus), Liora Grodnikaite (Hippolyta).
Music Benjamin Britten. Author Shakespeare. Adapted by Benjamin Britten. Adapted by Peter Pears. Producer Royal Opera House. Conductor Richard Hickox. Director Olivia Fuch. Design Nicky Turner. Lighting Bruno Poet. Choreographer Mandy Demetriou.