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05 July 2018 (Thu), 19:00 World famous Mariinsky Ballet and Opera Theatre - Opera and Concert Hall - Opera Benjamin Britten "A midsummer night`s dream" (opera in 3 act)

Running time: 3 hours 45 minutes (till 22:45)

The performance has 2 intermissions

Book tickets for this performance Ticket prices before the discount: from US$ 141 to US$ 210 per ticket


Schedule for Benjamin Britten "A midsummer night`s dream" (opera in 3 act) 2018

Composer: Benjamin Britten
Principal Chorus Master: Andrei Petrenko
Musical Director: Maestro Valery Gergiev
Musical Preparation: Irina Soboleva
Conductor: Pavel Smelkov
Director: Claudia Solti
Costume Designer: Isabella Bywater
Principal Chorus Master: Dmitry Ralko

Orchestra: Mariinsky Theatre Symphony Orchestra
Opera company: Mariinsky (Kirov) Opera

opera in concert in 3 acts

Performed in English with synchronised Russian supertitles

World premiere: 17 January 1962, New York City Ballet
Premiere in Russia: 06 June 2012 Mariinsky Theatre
Premiere of this production: 6 June 2012 , Mariinsky Theatre, St Petersburg, Russia

A midsummer night's dream completely breaks stereotypes that exist about Brittenís music as†somewhat unaccessible to†listeners. Instead, it†carries a†very special charm of†the English speech and sparkling Shakespeare's humour. The opera was staged by†Claudia Solti in†July 2011†and still retains a†high public interest. The scenery was designed in†a†fantasy style and features acrobats, the lighting provides a†rich palette of†colours, and the costumes are quite versatile.


opera in three acts
Music by Benjamin Britten
Libretto by Benjamin Britten and Peter Pears

Musical Director: Valery Gergiev
Director: Claudia Solti
Set Designer: Isabella Bywater
Musical Preparation: Irina Soboleva


SYNOPSIS

Act I
A forest near Athens. Night has fallen. Puck disrupts the fairiesí work with news that his master Oberon is on the way. Oberon, King of the Fairies, is quarrelling with Tytania, his queen, over a young boy who is under her protection. Tytania, furious at Oberon, refuses to give up the boy to him.
Oberon sends Puck to fetch a magic flower, the juice of which on Tytaniaís eyelids will make her fall in love with the first creature she sees upon waking. He will steal the boy while she is under the spell. Lysander and Hermia meet near Athens. They are fleeing from the law which allows Hermiaís father to force her into marriage with Demetrius. They decide to elope and marry in secret and set off into the woods.
Helena has warned Demetrius that his love, Hermia, is leaving Athens. Demetrius chases after her, pursued by Helena, who is hopelessly in love with him. Demetrius scornfully rejects Helena and runs ahead into the forest. Oberon, who has witnessed their argument, orders Puck to seek out Demetrius and place the juice of the magic flower on his eyes so that he will fall in love with Helena. Six artisans have left the city to discuss in secret a play they hope to perform at the wedding of Theseus, Duke of Athens, to Hippolyta, Queen of the Amazons. There is some disagreement over the casting, with Bottom and Flute finally agreeing to play the parts of Pyramus and Thisbe, the star-crossed lovers of the playís title. Quince, the author and director of the play, hands out the scripts; all agree to learn their parts and meet later that night in the woods to rehearse.
Lysander and Hermia wander, lost, amidst the forest. Exhausted, they lie down to sleep. Puck, mistakenly thinking he has found Demetrius, places the juice of the magic flower on Lysanderís eyes. Demetrius, still pursued by Helena, angrily abandons her to the dangers of the forest at night. Alone and in despair, she sees the sleeping Lysander and awakens him. Under the effect of the ďlove-juiceĒ, he immediately falls in love with her. Furious, she runs off, thinking he is making fun of her. Lysander chases after her. Hermia awakes from a terrible dream to find herself alone.
In the heart of the forest, the fairies help their mistress Tytania to sleep. Oberon steals in to put the love-juice on her eyes: ďBe it ounce, or cat, or bear, // In thy eye that shall appear // When thou wakest, it is thy dear: // Wake when some vile thing is near.Ē

Act II
The forest, later the same night. Quince and his men meet to rehearse. There are several problems raised by the script, to all of which Bottom finds a solution. Rehearsals eventually begin. Puck, seeing the actors at work, decides to amuse himself by turning Bottom into an ass. At the sight of this strange transformation, the others run off, terrified.
Bottom, left alone, sings out loud to keep his courage up. Bottomís singing awakens Tytania, who immediately falls in love with him. With the help of the fairies, she manages to coax him to bed. Oberon is delighted to find Tytania in love with an ass, but he is less pleased to see Hermia still being pursued by Demetrius. And the arrival of Lysander in pursuit of Helena makes it clear that Puck has put the love-juice on the eyes of the wrong youth.
Demetrius, rejected by Hermia, falls asleep, exhausted, and Oberon places the juice on his eyes. Helena returns, still harassed by Lysanderís protestations of love. Demetrius wakes, sees Helena and falls in love with her. This merely confirms Helenaís belief that the men have planned this mockery of love Ė a belief which is compounded when Hermia arrives to be met by Lysanderís instant rejection. Oberon and Puck witness the furious quarrel which erupts between the four mortals.
Oberon is enraged at Puckís mistake and gives him a herb that will act as an antidote for Lysander. By imitating the menís voices, Puck keeps the lovers apart until they each fall asleep. He then places the herb on Lysanderís eyes.

Act III
The forest, shortly before dawn. Oberon releases Tytania from the spell. She awakens to see her beloved Oberon and is appalled that she could have been in love with an ass. Daybreak wakes the four lovers. Demetrius is still in love with Helena, and Lysander is once again in love with Hermia. Bottom, restored to human shape, awakens from the most peculiar dream that he was transformed into an ass. He returns to the city while his friends search for him in the woods. They have just given up on finding him when he returns with the news that their play has been chosen to be performed at Theseusí wedding.
Back in Athens, the lovers have come to beg Theseusí forgiveness for their disobedience to Athenian law. Theseus decides that the two couples shall be married at the same time as he and Hippolyta.
After Quince and his players have given their performance of Pyramus and Thisbe, the three couples retire to bed. Oberon, Tytania and the fairies arrive to bless the sleeping household.




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