Benjamin Britten

A Midsummer Night's Dream


William Shakespeare’s A Midsummer Night’s Dream was the inspiration for works in all genres. Amongst others, Henry Purcell, Ambroise Thomas, Carl Maria von Weber and Felix Mendelssohn Bartholdy wrote widely differing music to A Midsummer Night’s Dream, and visual artists, choreographers and film-makers were also inspired by the complex story. In 1960, with his A Midsummer Night’s Dream Benjamin Britten published one of the best known opera versions: an amusing, light, poetic and psychological masterpiece that is one of his most played works of music theatre. Britten’s A Midsummer Night’s Dream was first heard at the opera house on the Ring in 1962; now, after more than half a century, the opera house is producing the work again.

17 October 2019
19:00 - 22:00
1 intermission
Buy tickets Prices G add to calendar 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
Costumes Magali Castellan
Lighting 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 Naforniţa
Bottom/Zettel Peter Rose
Flute/Flaut Benjamin Hulett


The King and Queen of the Fairies, Oberon and Tytania, are at loggerheads with each other: Oberon is jealous of an Indian orphan whom Tytania has taken in. To get her to comply with his wishes, he sends the elf Puck off to pick a magic herb, the juice of which, when sprinkled on the eyes of a sleeping human, will cause them to fall hopelessly in love with the next living creature they set eyes upon. The lovers Hermia and Lysander are desperate: Hermia has been ordered by her father to marry Demetrius, who is in love with her; meanwhile Helena is in love with Demetrius. Hermia and Lysander flee together, Demetrius follows Hermia, and Helena follows Demetrius. Oberon feels compassion for the unhappy lovers and tells Puck to drizzle the magic juice on Demetrius’ eyelids to make him fall in love with Helena. In the meantime, the Mechanicals are rehearsing a play to be performed at the wedding of Theseus and Hippolyta. Puck plays a trick on the weaver Bottom and gives him the head of an ass; thus endowed, he encounters the awakening bewitched Tytania, who instantly falls for him. By mistake, Puck places a spell on Lysander instead of Demetrius, thus exacerbating the chaotic love relationships – because Lysander now falls in love in Helena. When Demetrius too is later bewitched (as planned) by Oberon, suddenly both men are in love with Helena. A fierce dispute breaks out, which Puck and the Fairies resolve, and finally remove the spell from Lysander, who thereupon falls in love again with Hermia. Tytania gives up the orphan. Filled with pity for her, Oberon now dissolves the spell. Bottom too is liberated from his ass head. All the affairs of the heart are resolved to the joy of everyone, and the Mechanicals perform their “very tragical mirth” of Pyramus and Thisbe.

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21 October 2019
19:00 - 22:00
1 intermission
Buy tickets Prices G add to calendar Werkeinführung 30 Minuten vor der Vorstellung im Gustav Mahler-Saal