A Midsummer Night’s Dream

The course of true love never did run smooth’

Benjamin Britten (1913-1976)

List of performances

Conductor: Jakub Klecker
Director: Roman Meluzín
Set Design: Jaroslav Milfajt
Costume Design: Andrea Kučerová
Chorus Master: Jakub Klecker
Choreographer: Hana Litterová
Dramaturgist: Patricie Částková
Assistant Stage Director: Barbora Hamalová
Assistant Conductor: Zuzana Kadlčíková Pirnerová
Lighting Design: Petr Hloušek
Author: Benjamin Britten

Cast

Oberon Ilham Nazarov, Steve Wächter
Titania Andrea Široká, Andrea Vizvári
Puck Otakar Blaha, Stano Slovák
Theseus Jiří Klecker, Martin Gurbal'
Hippolyta Jitka Zerhauová
Lysander Ondrej Šaling
Demetrius Daniel Čapkovič
Hermia Jana Wallingerová, Veronika Hajnová Fialová, Irena Parlov
Helena Tereza Merklová Kyzlinková, Olga Rusin
Bottom, weaver Jevhen Šokalo
Quince, carpenter David Nykl
Flute,bellows-mender Ivan Choupenitch, Kornel Maciejowski
Snug, joiner Ladislav Mlejnek
Snout, tinker Zoltán Korda
Starveling, tailor Petr Císař, Igor Loškár

Janáček Opera Ensemble and Orchestra of the National Theatre Brno

The Czech Boys Choir

Premiere 8th January 2013, Janáček Theatre

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 ‘The course of true love never did run smooth’

Benjamin Britten is one of the most important English composers of the 20th century, writing music in many genres which resulted in a remarkable body of work. His legacy ranges from symphonic works (War Requiem, Spring Symphony) through chamber works to song cycles (Five Flower Songs, Seven Sonnets of Michelangelo). Although Britten’s music uses modern musical language, it is very emotional and accessible to listeners. An integral part of his compositions also include over a dozen operas such as: The Rape of Lucretia, Peter Grimes, and Death in Venice which have become permanent fixtures in the repertoire of today’s leading opera houses.

The opera, A Midsummer Night’s Dream, is an adaptation of Shakespeare’s play with music by Britten and a libretto collaborated by the composer himself and Peter Pears. The opera was first performed on 1st June 1960 at Aldeburgh. Britten’s spell-binding musical score brings to the stage a magical world of fairies and elves as well as the high-spirited misadventures of two pairs of mortal lovers and the comical, cavorting tradesmen. Shakespeare’s witty words and the composer’s mesmerising music come together in this colourful and vibrant production where costumes and music are equally sparkling. This is the first staging in Brno of Britten’s opera A Midsummer Night’s Dream.

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