234th Season

Benjamin Britten "A midsummer night`s dream" (opera in 3 act)

Claudia Solti, Director
Maestro Valery Gergiev, Musical Director
Irina Soboleva, Musical Preparation
Andrei Petrenko, Principal Chorus Master
Performed in English (with synchronised Russian supertitles)
World premiere: 17 Jan 1962 Mariinsky Theatre
Premiere of this production: 06 Jun 2012

Running time: 3 hours 15 minutes

A midsummer night's dream completely breaks stereotypes that exist about Britten’s music as somewhat unaccessible to listeners. Instead, it carries a very special charm of the English speech and sparkling Shakespeare's humour. The opera was staged by Claudia Solti in July 2011 and still retains a high public interest. The scenery was designed in a fantasy style and features acrobats, the lighting provides a rich palette of colours, and the costumes are quite versatile.

opera in three acts
Music by Benjamin Britten
Libretto by Benjamin Britten and Peter Pears

Musical Director: Valery Gergiev
Director: Claudia Solti
Set Designer: Isabella Bywater
Musical Preparation: Irina Soboleva

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