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. Running time 2 hours 15 minutes.Performers Ann Murray (Beatrice), Paul Nilon (Benedict), Rebecca Evans (Hero), Timothy Mirfin (Don Pedro), Ralph Mason (Leonato), Ivan Ludlow (Claudio), Anna Burford (Ursula), Donald Maxwell (Somarone).
Music Berlioz. Company Welsh National Opera. Conductor Jean-Yves Ossonce. Producer Elijah Moshinsky. Producer Robin Tebbutt (revival). Design Michael Yeargan. Costume Dona Granata. Lighting Howard Harrison.