Britten

A Midsummer Night's Dream

NEW PRODUCTION
Supported by The Alexander Gibson Circle

*Due to the ongoing COVID-19/Coronanvirus pandemic, performances of A Midsummer Night's Dream are now postponed until further notice. Please see our news section for full information.*

 

Dominic Hill, Artistic Director of the Citizens Theatre, returns to Scottish Opera to bring his Shakespearean expertise to bear once more.

Joined by designer Tom Piper, famed for the Blood Swept Lands and Seas of Red installation at the Tower of London, he promises to enchant and entertain with Britten’s beguiling work. Four lovers lost in the woods, fairies, magic, comedy and more – all come together in an otherworldly blend of imagination and reality.

‘Britten’s wonderful music has always captivated me, plunging us into the mysterious, unnerving world of sleep and dreams.’ Dominic Hill

The music is some of Britten’s most atmospheric. With a staggering range of instrumental colours that brings to life fairies, lovers and rustics – as well as the wood itself – it is intense, heady, and packed with standout vocal writing. The cast of talent-to-watch includes David Shipley, recent graduate of the Jette Parker Young Artists Programme, and countertenor Morten Grove Frandsen, a winner of Denmark’s Reumert Talent prize, alongside soprano Jennifer France (Anthropocene 2019) and Scottish tenor and BBC broadcaster Jamie MacDougall (Ariadne auf Naxos 2018). Music Director Stuart Stratford conducts.

Sung in English with English supertitles

Running time approx. 3 hrs 15 mins

 

ALSO: Look out for Hermia's Nightmare, a new work from Composer in Residence Samuel Bordoli, exploring the scene from the play that Britten cut. This 15 minute piece will be performed in the foyer at 6.30pm before each performance of A Midsummer Night's Dream. Free to all ticket buyers and no need to book!

Listen

Listen to a taster of the music from A Midsummer Night's Dream on Spotify.

Cast & Creative Team

Bottom
David Shipley

Oberon
Morten Grove Frandsen

Tytania
Jennifer France & Sofia Troncoso*
*23 April

Lysander
Anthony Gregory

Demetrius
Michel de Souza

Helena
Charlie Drummond*
*Scottish Opera Emerging Artist

Hermia
Clare Presland

Snout
Jamie MacDougall

Flute
William Morgan

Snug
Dingle Yandell

Starveling
Mark Nathan*
*Scottish Opera Emerging Artist

Theseus
Trevor Eliot Bowes

Hippolyta
Victoria Simmonds

Puck
Dan Armstrong

Conductor
Stuart Stratford

Director
Dominic Hill

Set & Costume Designer
Tom Piper

Lighting Designer
Lizzie Powell

Movement Director
Kally Lloyd-Jones