A Midsummer Night's Dream by Benjamin Britten
conductor Kazushi Ono — stage director Robert Carsen
A Midsummer Night's Dream
Benjamin Britten (1913-1976)
Opera in three acts and four scenes
Libretto by the composer and Peter Pears, based on William Shakespeare’s play with the same name
Created on the 11th June 1960 at the Aldeburgh Jubilee Hall
Worlds cross paths in a forest near Athens on a midsummer night. The Kingdom of the fairies is troubled. King Oberon and Queen Tytania quarrel, while four lovers are caught up with affairs of the heart, and meanwhile a group of actors rehearse for a play on the outskirts of the village. With the help of the juice of a magic flower, the elf Puck stirs up trouble that brings all the characters together. Inspired by the dreamlike meanderings of one of Shakespeare’s best loved plays, Benjamin Britten’s opera is enchanting and the differences between each world can be felt through its breathtaking music. In honor of this 20th century lyrical masterpiece, Robert Carsen invented a captivating performance that dazzled audiences on beautiful summer evenings in Aix in 1991 and 1992, before heading off to enthrall the world. Here it is back on the stage where it was first performed, open air at the Théâtre de l’Archevêché on a summer’s night in Provence.