A Midsummer Night's Dream

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Composer:

Benjamin Britten

Librettist:

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

Premiere:

11 June 1960, Aldeburgh (Jubilee Hall)

Language:

English

Synopsis:

A Midsummer Night's Dream Synopsis

Libretto:

A Midsummer Night's Dream Libretto

Translation(s):

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About the opera A Midsummer 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 A Midsummer Night's Dream

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

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All scenes from A Midsummer Night's Dream

Arias from A Midsummer Night's Dream

Nr.Title scenePopularityOperaComposerActTypeVoicesLang.Roles
1I am your spaniel

Opera: Midsummer Night's Dream, AComposer: BrittenAct: 1

Type: ariaVoice: sopranoLanguage: English

Roles: Helena
2I know a bank where wild thyme blows

Opera: Midsummer Night's Dream, AComposer: BrittenAct: 1

Type: ariaVoice: countertenorLanguage: English

Roles: Oberon
3In jurious Hermia

Opera: Midsummer Night's Dream, AComposer: BrittenAct: 2

Type: ariaVoice: sopranoLanguage: English

Roles: Helena
4Flower of this purple dye

Opera: Midsummer Night's Dream, AComposer: BrittenAct: 2

Type: ariaVoice: countertenorLanguage: English

Roles: Oberon
5Be kind and courteous

Opera: Midsummer Night's Dream, AComposer: BrittenAct: 2

Type: ariaVoice: sopranoLanguage: English

Roles: Tytania
6When my cue comes call me

Opera: Midsummer Night's Dream, AComposer: BrittenAct: 3

Type: ariaVoice: bass-baritoneLanguage: English

Roles: Bottom
7Sweet Moon, I thank thee for thy sunny beams

Opera: Midsummer Night's Dream, AComposer: BrittenAct:

Type: ariaVoice: baritone or bassLanguage: English

Roles:
8Asleep, my love?

Opera: Midsummer Night's Dream, AComposer: BrittenAct:

Type: ariaVoice: tenorLanguage: English

Roles:
9Come, now a roundel

Opera: Midsummer Night's Dream, AComposer: BrittenAct:

Type: ariaVoice: sopranoLanguage: English

Roles: