Oberlin Presents Britten Opera Based on Shakespeare’s “A Midsummer Night’s Dream”

Wed 11/6 @ 8PM

Fri 11/8 @ 8PM

Sat 11/9 @ 8PM

Sun 11/10 @ 8PM

A Midsummer Night’s Dream is one of Shakespeare’s most enchanting plays (literally, with its story of fairies and spells). In it, each character yearns for another who doesn’t return their love, but in the end, each is paired up with their appropriate other. “Lord, what fools these mortals be!” exclaims the mischief-making fair Puck.

It’s a play that’s inspired remakes and tributes, artists and composers. One of the composers inspired to set the story to music was one of the 20th century’s giant, Benjamin Britten, who composed music for a libretto written by himself and his partner, the great tenor Peter Pears, who played a comic role in the opera’s 1960 premiere in Great Britain. It’s become one of the most performed contemporary operas, demonstrated both the power of Britten’s music and the enduring appeal of the light-hearted, romantic story.

Oberlin Opera Theater will be staging the work, with direction by Jonathon Field and Christopher Larkin leading the Oberlin Orchestra. The primarily student cast will be joined by Oberlin alum Andrew Lipian (class of 2012) in the role of the King of the Fairies, Oberon. Members of the community children’s chorus, the Oberlin Chorister, will provide some of the fairies.

Tickets are $10; $8 for students.

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