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A Midsummer Night's Dream
A production of Benjamin Britten's A Midsummer Night's Dream is to be set in the beautiful, secluded garden of Ashby St. Mary Hall, only a stone's throw from the Old Meeting House on 10th, 11th, 12th and 17th, 18th, 19th July 2014. Our thanks go to Christopher and Anita Kemp, the owners of Ashby Hall, for their kind permission to stage this production in their garden.
Benjamin Britten takes Shakespeare's delicious confection of human passion, fairy spite,and pure high spirits and marinates them in a dark rich musical sauce. This delicious meal will be served up in Norman Manners' dreamlike, prelapsarian and monumental scenery which will create a bridge between reality, dream and enchantment. The drama examines the sharp pricks of love in all their pain and anguish, but all is at last resolved in tender harmony and delight. Geoff Davidson conducts, The Junior Broadland Choir sprinkles the Fairy Dust, Richard White directs and our cast brings together Claxton Opera's most accomplished soloists and a motley crew of crusty peasants to delight you. Who can resist it?!
A Midsummer Night's Dream, Op. 64, is an opera with music by Benjamin Britten and set to a libretto adapted by the composer and Peter Pears from William Shakespeare's play, A Midsummer Night's Dream. It was premiered on 11 June 1960 at the Aldeburgh Festival, conducted by the composer and with set and costume designs by Carl Toms.
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