NIDA acknowledges the Traditional Owners and Custodians of the lands on which we learn and tell stories, the Bidjigal, Gadigal, Dharawal and Dharug peoples, and we pay our respects to all Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Elders past and present.

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A Midsummer Night's Dream

Directed by
Kate Gaul

Music By
Benjamin Britten

Libretto adapted from William Shakespeare by
Benjamin Britten and Peter Pears

04 Dec – 11 Dec 2021
160 mins, 3-Acts, 20 mins interval

About the show

The NIDA and the Sydney Conservatorium of Music have come together to bring a unique co-production of Benjamin Britten's 'A Midsummer Night's Dream.' The show is an operatic retelling of William Shakespeare's classic comedy. The production has been supported by the Nick Enright AM Estate.

The Sydney Conservatorium of Music's staff and students have been engaged in creative synergies, preparing a wondrous musical playground for the performances. The show brings together the strengths of each school, and for the SCM, it is the only live performance for this semester.

The show's director, Kate Gaul, says that Shakespeare's play is imbued with the spirit of music, heard, or implied, exploring the grey areas between the spoken and the sung. The text is rich in inflections which recall musical wrong notes and blues notes, which highlight a vowel rendered 'out of tune,' exposing the inner life of a character and their complex, subconscious world. The show's Overture was composed by Felix Mendelssohn and is generally considered to exemplify in music the world of the forest as imagined by Shakespeare.


Michael Burden


Isabella (Bella) Piggott


Claudia Mackay

Elizabeth Cooper

Olivia Payne

Elias Wilson

Jeremy Boulton

Olivia Swain

Yuan Gao

Alexander Young

Alexander Caldwell


Robert Adam

Aiden O'Donnell

Andrew Knight

Joseph Jae Kwon Kim

Janine Harris

Elise Morton

Lana Kains

Claire Burrell-McDonald

Sofya Kovaleva

Creative Team

Kate Gaul

Music Director and Conductor (Con Staff)
Dr Stephen Mould

Vocal Coach and Assistant Conductor (Con Staff)
Simon Lobelson

Assistant Conductor (Con Staff)
Omid Moheb Zadeh

Set Designer
Camille Ostrowsky

Associate Set Designer
Veronique Benett

Costume Designer
Sabina Myers

Lighting Designer (NIDA)
Sophia Wallace

Sound Designer (NIDA)
Sophie Jones

Assistant Director (Con Student)
Hannah Burton

Choreographer (Con Student)
Sofya Kovaleva

Production Team

Repetiteur (Con Post Grad Student)
Alan Hicks

Repetiteur (Con Staff)
Ingrid Sakurovs

Producer/Artistic Planning Manager (Con Staff)
Scott Ryan

Stage Production Coordinator (Con Staff)
Thomas Wade

Senior Lecturer, Voice and Opera (Con Staff)
Dr Rowena Cowley

Senior Lecturer Voice and Stage Craft. Program Leader SCM Music Theatre (Con Staff)
Dr Narelle Yeo

Senior Lecturer Voice (Con Staff)
Dr Anke Ryan
Mr Barry Ryan OAM

Costume Supervisor (NIDA)
Bethany Hewitt

Costume Maker (NIDA)
Elsbeth Cameron
Ori Hiser

Costume Coordinator & Dresser
Sarah Murdoch

Props Co-Supervisor & Maker (NIDA)
Isabell DeLaurentis
Zoe Manning

Costume and Props Specialist
Luke D’Alessandro

Production Manager (NIDA) 
Joel Mallett

Stage Manager (NIDA) 
Pip Morey

Assistant Stage Manager (NIDA)
Amy Norton
Joel Montgomery

Construction Manager (NIDA Staff)
Nick Day

Fly Supervisor
Jenn Ryan

Head Electrician (NIDA)
Chloe Langdon

Design Assistant (NIDA)
Cosette Mangas
James Stibilj

Props Assistant (NIDA)
Ari Gilbert

Make-up Artists (NIDA)
Anthony Bonfanti
Amy Dillon
Melanie Gjura
Teagan Hay
Ahdinda Ley
Eliza Young

Follow Spot Operators (NIDA)
Madeleine Picard
Jordan Magnus-McCarthy
Cameron Bartie
Amina Osman

Mechanists (NIDA)
Maxime Armand
Cameron Russel
Chris Milburn-Clark

Technical Assistants (NIDA)
India Lively
Bernie Lorincz
Oliver Becroft

* Guest
** Staff
*** Diploma of Stage and Screen Performance

We acknowledge the traditional custodians of the lands on which we learn and tell stories, from the lands of the Bidjigal and Gadigal people of the Eora nation where our campus stands, to the nations across this continent where we teach.
We pay our respects to Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander elders past and present who have cared for land, water and story on these lands for generations. We also recognise the work and strength of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander artists, workers and creatives within the NIDA Community.
Sovereignty was never ceded. Always was, always will be Aboriginal land.