An Opera in two acts by Berlioz; text by the composer, after Shakespeare's comedy Much Ado About Nothing
. Messina, 1700. While the Hero looks forward to seeing her love Claudio on his return from the wars, his friend Benedict is greeted more sardonically by Beatrice. Gradually the love beneath their banter is disclosed, and they agree to marry, as do Hero and Claudio. Sung in English with surtitles in English. Running time approx. 2hrs including one interval.Performers Sara Fulgoni (Beatrice), Robin Tritschler (Benedict), Laura Mitchell (Hero), Gary Griffiths (Claudio), Anna Burford (Ursula), Donald Maxwell (Somarone).
Music Berlioz. Company Welsh National Opera. Conductor Michael Hofstetter. Director Elijah Moshinsky. Design Michael Yeargan. Costume Dona Granata. Lighting Howard Harrison.