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Manacorda / Britten "A Midsummer Night's Dream"

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Benjamin Britten and Peter Pears used Shakespeare’s famous text almost verbatim, the composer creating a score of suitably magical potency, and this fairy-tale opera became one of his most successful works. The allocation of the voices is unusual: Oberon is a countertenor, Titania a coloratura soprano — the king and queen of the fairies move in the very highest dimensions. Britten found a characteristic musical language for each of the magical and human spheres. Furthermore, in his composition he is always mindful of his famous predecessors who had written music for Shakespeare’s comedy: Henry Purcell, Carl Maria von Weber and Felix Mendelssohn-Bartholdy. There is also a kind of history of opera hidden in the score. This comes to the fore in highly amusing fashion with the artisans’ performance in Act III: Britten presents Pyramus and Thisbe as a parody of Italian opera.

Performers

Damiano Michieletto 
staging 
Daniela Fally 
soprano 
 (Tytania )
Maresi Riegner 
 
 (Puck )
Günes Gürle 
bass 
 (Theseus )
Ann-Beth Solvang 
mezzo-soprano 
 (Hippolyta )
Rupert Charlesworth 
tenor 
 (Lysander )
Tobias Greenhalgh 
baritone 
 (Demetrius )
Natalia Kawalek 
mezzo-soprano 
 (Hermia )
Mirella Hagen 
soprano 
 (Helena )
Tareq Nazmi 
bass-baritone 
 (Bottom )
Lukas Jakobski 
bass 
 (Qunice )
Dumitru Madarašan 
bass 
 (Snug )
Andrew Owens 
tenor 
 (Snout )
Kristján Jóhannesson 
baritone 
 (Starveling )
children's choir 

Programme

Benjamin Britten
"A Midsummer Night's Dream", Opera in three acts op. 64
"A Midsummer Night's Dream", Opera in three acts op. 64
1960
144min

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Linke Wienzeile 6, 1060 Wien
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