Overview


Synopsis

A Midsummer Night’s Dream is a story of four interconnecting plots, all leading to the celebration of the wedding of Duke Theseus and the Amazon Queen, Hippolyta. We see the fairy King, Oberon, and his wife, Tytania, quarrel; two young men who are put under a love spell for the same woman, who believes them to be tricking her; and a group of travelling performers practicing for their wedding performance. As everything goes wrong in the woods, the audience is left to enjoy the comical outcome of the characters’ plights. Benjamin Britten followed Shakespeare’s play as closely as possible, and Britten’s fusion of text, music, and comedic timing has made A Midsummer Night’s Dream a staple of the operatic repertoire.


Characters

Male

Lead

Tenor

Male

Lead

Baritone

Female

Lead

Mezzo-Soprano



Show Information

Category
Number of Acts
3 Acts
First Produced
1960
Genres
Settings
Unit/Single Set
Time & Place
athens in antiquity, woods outside athens
Cast Size
Orchestra Size
Large
Dancing
Some Dance
Ideal For
professional opera, colleges
Casting Notes
Mostly male cast
Includes adult, young adult, mature adult, child, early teen characters

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