Britten's A Midsummer Night's Dream

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Saturday, June 11, 2011

Benjamin Britten's adaptation of Shakespeare's comedy A Midsummer Night's Dream, the ninth of the English composer's 15 operas, is often cited by critics and historians as among his best. The Lyric Opera of Chicago, in its first production of the 1960 opera, gathers a starry, mostly American cast, led by the young, Scottish conductor, Rory Macdonald. Countertenor David Daniels is Oberon while soprano Anna Christy is his willful queen Tytania. Rounding out the cast are English bass Peter Rose (Bottom) and soprano Erin Wall as Helena, among others.

CAST:

Oberon -  David Daniels
Tytania - Anna Christy
Bottom - Peter Rose
Helena - Erin Wall
Hermina - Elizabeth DeShong
Lysander - Shawn Mathey
Demetrius - Lucas Meachem

CONDUCTOR: Rory MacDonald
STAGE DIRECTOR: Neil Armfield
ANIMA-YOUNG SINGERS OF GREATER CHICAGO
CHORUS MASTER: Emily Ellsworth

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