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A Midsummer Night's Dream
Music by Benjamin Britten
Libretto adapted from William Shakespeare by Benjamin Britten and Peter Pears
A co-production National Institute of Dramatic Art | Sydney Cons
ervatorium of Music

NIDA Theatres, Parade Theatre 4–11 December 2021

Conducted by Stephen Mould

Directed by Kate Gaul

Set design by Camille Ostrowsky

Costume design by Sabina Myers

Associate Set Designer Veronique Benett

Lighting design by Sophia Wallace

Sound design by Sophie Jones

Production Photography by Pollyanna Nowicki


Britten’s magical opera breathes new life into Shakespeare’s most loved comedy. When the King of the Fairies quarrels with his Queen, he orders his servant, a mischievous sprite, to play a prank on her – resulting in mistaken identities, confused lovers and a startling transformation.

From the sliding strings of the magic wood to the rustics’ well-intentioned entertainment, Britten’s ear for beguiling orchestration and melodic invention will transport you to the confusion, hilarity and eerie beauty of this midsummer night’s dream world.

The Sydney Conservatorium of Music acknowledges the generous support of the Alan Hyland and John Luscombe Endowment.

These performances of A Midsummer Night's Dream, op.64 by Benjamin Britten are given by permission of Hal Leonard Australia Pty Ltd, exclusive agents for Boosey & Hawkes Music Publishers Ltd of London.

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