A Midsummer Night's Dream

17. October 2019
Thursday
19.00 - 22.00
1 intermission
Werkeinführung 30 Minuten vor der Vorstellung im Gustav Mahler-Saal
21. October 2019
Monday
19.00 - 22.00
1 intermission
Werkeinführung 30 Minuten vor der Vorstellung im Gustav Mahler-Saal

Cast 17.10.2019

Conductor Simone Young
Director Irina Brook
Set design Noëlle Ginefri-Corbel
Costume Design Magali Castellan
Lighting Design Jean Kalman
Choreography Martin Buczko Théo Touvet
Oberon Lawrence Zazzo
Tytania Erin Morley
Puck Théo Touvet
Theseus Peter Kellner
Hippolyta Szilvia Vörös
Lysander Josh Lovell
Demetrius Rafael Fingerlos
Hermia Rachel Frenkel
Helena Valentina Naforniţă
Bottom/Zettel Peter Rose
Flute/Flaut Benjamin Hulett

Details

It was a passion project for Herbert von Karajan to bring Benjamin Britten’s »A Midsummer Night's Dream« to the Vienna State Opera in 1962, immediately following its successful premiere. Yet the opera had not been performed since – for more than 50 years – until Simone Young and Irina Brook made it a sell-out hit in 2019. In her staging, Brook leads us into a fairytale-like, enchanted hall, where the characters get lost between dream and reality, forbidden desires and yearnings left unacknowledged. An amusing and light piece of music theatre – and yet utterly poetic and psychological. In Young's musical interpretation, Britten's sensual, expressive music that juggles historical quotes becomes an acoustic experience in which the clarity of chamber music meets symphonic power.