A Midsummer Night’s Dream
Music by Benjamin Britten
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
NIDA Theatres, Parade Theatre
4–11 December 2021
Running time: 160 minutes
A Midsummer Night’s Dream will be performed in three acts. It will include a 3-minute scene change between Acts 1 and 2 and a 20-minute interval between Acts 2 and 3.
Britten’s magical opera breathes new life into Shakespeare’s most loved comedy.
When the King of the Fairies quarrels with his Queen, he orders his servant, a mischievous sprite, to play a prank on her – resulting in mistaken identities, confused lovers and a startling transformation.
From the sliding strings of the magic wood to the rustics’ well-intentioned entertainment, Britten’s ear for beguiling orchestration and melodic invention will transport you to the confusion, hilarity and eerie beauty of this midsummer night’s dream world.
Stephen Mould is a Senior Lecturer in Conducting, Opera Studies and Repetiteurship at the Sydney Conservatorium of Music, and Artistic Director of the Con Opera.
Kate Gaul is an award-winning director whose recent credits include H.M.S Pinafore, Good with Maps, The Trouble With Harry, The Ham Funeral. She directed Orlando for NIDA in 2020.Kate is Artistic Director of Siren Theatre Co.
NIDA technical production and stage management, scenic construction, props and make-up students combine with The Sydney Conservatorium of Music performers and NIDA design alumnae Camille Ostrowsky and Sabina Myers. 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).
The Sydney Conservatorium of Music acknowledges the generous support of the Alan Hyland and John Luscombe Endowment.
These performances of A Midsummer Night's Dream, op.64 by Benjamin Britten are given by permission of Hal Leonard Australia Pty Ltd, exclusive agents for Boosey & Hawkes Music Publishers Ltd of London.
This production contains haze and smoke effects and is suitable for all audiences.
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