NIDA and Sydney Conservatorium in dream collaboration
This December, two of Australia’s leading performing arts educators, the Sydney Conservatorium of Music (SCM) and the National Institute of Dramatic Art (NIDA), will present Britten’s magical operatic take on Shakespeare’s most loved comedy, A Midsummer Night’s Dream, for NIDA’s End of Year Production Season.
The opera is conducted by Stephen Mould, Artistic Director of the Con Opera. Award-winning theatre and opera director Kate Gaul, Artistic Director of Siren Theatre Co, brings her contemporary vision to the production.
Professor Anna Reid, Head of School and Dean, Sydney Conservatorium of Music, said: ‘It is with absolute delight that the students from the SCM are collaborating with joint creative work with students from NIDA. We hope through this experience they will each come to appreciate each other’s art, their contribution to performance practice, and make good friends to seed future collaborations. This is a fantastic opportunity for SCM singers and orchestras, and we express our deep thanks to NIDA faculty and students for this ground-breaking opportunity.’
Set design is by Camille Ostrowsky with costume design by Sabina Myers, both NIDA alumnae. Camille has recently worked as a production design assistant for the Australian feature film Bloodshot Heart, and Sabina’s credits include Three Thousand Years of Longing (costume design assistant) and Werther for Opera Australia (costume designer).
Libretto adapted from William Shakespeare by Benjamin Britten and Peter Pears
A co-production National Institute of Dramatic Art | Sydney Conservatorium of Music
Conducted by Stephen Mould
Directed by Kate Gaul
Set design by Camille Ostrowsky
Costume design by Sabina Myers
Associate Set Designer Veronique Benett
Lighting design by Sophia Wallace
Sound design by Sophie Jones
Performed by The Sydney Conservatorium of Music students, with NIDA technical production and stage management, costume, design, props, scenic construction and make-up students.
Photography: Pollyanna Nowicki
For bookings and all information here.