Midsummers Night's Dream

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Benjamin Britten


Benjamin Britten, and Peter Pears. After the play by William Shakespeare.


11 June 1960, Aldeburgh (Jubilee Hall)




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About the opera Midsummers Night's Dream

A Midsummer Night's Dream is an opera with music by Benjamin Britten and set to a libretto adapted by the composer and Peter Pears from William Shakespeare's play, A Midsummer Night's Dream. It was premiered on 11 June 1960 at the Aldeburgh Festival, conducted by the composer and with set and costume designs by Carl Toms.
Stylistically, the work is typical of Britten, with a highly individual sound-world - not strikingly dissonant or atonal, but replete with subtly atmospheric harmonies and tone painting. The role of Oberon was composed for the countertenor Alfred Deller. Atypically for Britten, the opera did not include a leading role for his partner Pears - it is the only one of his stage works that did not, other than the early operetta Paul Bunyan. Instead, Pears had the comic drag role of Flute/Thisbe.
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Roles in Midsummers Night's Dream

Oberon CounterTenor
Tytania Soprano
Puck Spoken
Cobweb Treble
Mustardseed Treble
Moth Treble
Peaseblossom Treble
Lysander Tenor

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Arias from Midsummers Night's Dream

Nr.Title sceneOperaComposerActTypeVoicesLang.Roles
1I am your spanielMidsummers Night's DreamBritten1ariasopranoEnglishHelena
2I know a bank where wild thyme blowsMidsummers Night's DreamBritten1ariacountertenorEnglishOberon
3In jurious HermiaMidsummers Night's DreamBritten2ariasopranoEnglishHelena
4Flower of this purple dyeMidsummers Night's DreamBritten2ariacountertenorEnglishOberon
5Be kind and courteousMidsummers Night's DreamBritten2ariasopranoEnglishTytania
6When my cue comes call meMidsummers Night's DreamBritten3ariabass-baritoneEnglishBottom
7Sweet Moon, I thank thee for thy sunny beamsMidsummers Night's DreamBrittenariabaritone or bassEnglish
8Asleep, my love?Midsummers Night's DreamBrittenariatenorEnglish
9Come, now a roundelMidsummers Night's DreamBrittenariasopranoEnglish