A Midsummer Night's Dream

A Midsummer Night's Dream

19 Mar - 29 Mar

Royal Northern College of Music

In August 1959, Benjamin Britten decided to compose an opera to mark the re-opening of the refurbished Jubilee Hall in Aldeburgh the following June. As this left no time for the libretto to be written anew, he chose to adapt with Peter Pears Shakespeare's A Midsummer Night's Dream.

While the libretto is a drastically reduced version of Shakespeare's play, it retains the three distinct groups of characters – the fairies, the mechanicals and the Athenian lovers who enter the wood – and gives each group its own distinctive musical characteristics. So in a nutshell, the story remains the same – Oberon, the fairy king, and Tytania, his queen, are locked in a conflict which spills over into the human world...

Royal Northern College of Music

124 Oxford Road Manchester M13 9RD