Haitink conducts landmark Britten recording

Author: Opus Arte

Glyndebourne’s 1983 production of Britten's A Midsummer Night’s Dream is pure magic. In Peter Hall's staging the forest comes alive!

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Glyndebourne’s production of A Midsummer Night’s Dream is pure magic. Brilliantly adapted from Shakespeare’s play, the opera follows the adventures of four lovers and a group of naïve rustics who, in a wood on a moonstruck midsummer night, fall foul of Oberon and Tytania, the quarrelling king and queen of the fairies.

In Peter Hall’s remarkable staging, the very wood comes alive as logs and trees move and rustle, creating ambiguous silhouettes in the dark mysterious woodland, lit only by designer John Bury’s wonderful rising sun and moon.

"The perfect Britten opera for this Sussex countryside setting." (The Times)

"Peter Hall’s 1981 Glyndebourne production of Britten’s A Midsummer Night’s Dream has long been regarded by many as the definitive staging of the work." (The Guardian)

Genre Opera
English title A Midsummer Night's Dream
Composer Benjamin Britten
Stage Director Sir Peter Hall
Production Company Glyndebourne Productions
Co-Production Company NVC Arts, a Warner Music Group Company
Production year 1983



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