Britten's A Midsummer Night's Dream

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Saturday, December 21, 2013

Kathleen Kim as Tytania and Matthew Rose as Bottom in Britten's 'A Midsummer Night's Dream.' Kathleen Kim as Tytania and Matthew Rose as Bottom in Britten's "A Midsummer Night's Dream." (Photo: Marty Sohl/Metropolitan Opera Taken at the Metropolitan Opera on October 2, 2013.)

This Saturday at 1 pm, the Metropolitan Opera broadcast revisits Benjamin Britten's magical A Midsummer Night's Dream. 

Recorded earlier this year in conjunction with Britten's 100th anniversary, this production reawakens director Tim Albery's 1996 version of the Britten opera. Onstage, original set-designer Antony McDonald juxtaposes a blocky surrealist fairyland with an austere adult reality.

This revival features the lyrically vibrant Iestyn Davies as Oberon and Kathleen Kim as Tytania— king and queen of the fairies. Also, a splendid line-up of lovers: tenor Joseph Kaiser as Lysander, baritone Michael Todd Simpson as Demetrius, soprano Erin Wall as Helena and the plush-toned Elizabeth DeShong as Hermia.

James Conlon conducts this Shakespearean comedy set to Britten's striking score. 

Cast:

Conductor: James Conlon
Tytania: Kathleen Kim
Helena: Erin Wall
Hermia: Elizabeth DeShong
Oberon: Iestyn Davies
Lysander: Joseph Kaiser
Demetrius: Michael Todd Simpson
Hippolyta: Tamara Mumford
Theseus: Ryan McKinny
Puck: Riley Costello [Debut]
Bottom: Matthew Rose
Quince: Patrick Carfizzi
Flute: Barry Banks
Snug: Paul Corona
Snout: Scott Scully
Starveling: Evan Hughes
Cobweb: Seth Ewing-Crystal
Peaseblossom: Kiki Porter [Debut]
Mustardseed: Benjamin P. Wenzelberg [Debut]
Moth: Thatcher Pitkoff [Debut]

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Comments [1]

Robert St.Onge from Cochiti Lake,NM

Bravi tutti!! An excellent performance! My one problem with this opera is that I have yet to see it fully. At the New England Conservatory I was on the backstage crew and at the University of Washington I was the stage manager. I had moved to New Mexico by the time the Met introduced this production. Oh well, better an aural "Dream" - especially one as distinguished as this one - that no "Dream" at all.

Dec. 21 2013 04:41 PM

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