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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. Sky and Artsworld Season. Running time 2hrs 50minsPerformers Robin Blaze (Oberon), Sarah Tynan (Tytania), Iain Paterson (Theseus), Leah-Marian Jones (Hippolyta), Alfred Boe (Lysander), Leigh Melrose (Demetrius), Victoria Simmonds (Hermia), Linda Richardson (Helena), Peter Rose (Bottom), Graeme Danby (Quince), Christopher Gillett (Flute), Clive Bayley (Snug), Robert Burt (Snout), Leslie John Flanagan (Starveling).
Music Benjamin Britten. Author Shakespeare. Adapted by Benjamin Britten. Adapted by Peter Pears. Company English National Opera. Conductor Paul Daniel. Director Robert Carsen (original director). Director Emmanuelle Bastet (revival director). Design Michael Levine. Lighting Davy Cunningham.
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