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Midsummer Night’s Dream, A

Synopsis
Ten-part series in which John Evans talks to distinguished interpreters of Britten’s operas about recordings and performances with which they are closely associated. In episode 8 Sir Peter Hall talks about A Midsummer Night’s Dream, first performed at the Aldeburgh Festival in 1960. Hall directed a celebrated revival of the opera at Glyndebourne in 1981 and has also filmed and directed Shakespeare’s play. Hall sees Britten’s opera as an erotic response to Shakespeare’s play, celebrating ‘the wonder and danger of lust’. The cast heard in the programme is that in the recording made in Walthamstow Town Hall in 1966 with Downside School Choir and the Emanuel School Choir, Wandsworth. The London Symphony Orchestra is conducted by Britten with Alfred Deller (Oberon), Elizabeth Harwood (Tytania) Stephen Terry (Puck) and Owen Brannigan as Bottom. This recording is catalogued separately.
Series
Performing Britten
Language
English
Country
Great Britain
Medium
Radio
Transmission details
8 Apr 2007 at 15:00 (Channel: BBC Radio 3)
Duration
60 mins

Credits

Producer
Chris Marshall
Music
Benjamin Britten
Contributor
John Evans (2); Peter Hall
Cast
John Shirley-QuirkTheseus
Helen WattsHippolyta
Alfred DellerOberon
Elizabeth HarwoodTytania (Titania)
Stephen TerryPuck (Robin Goodfellow)
Heather HarperHelena
Josephine VeaseyHermia
Owen BranniganNick Bottom
Peter PearsLysander
Thomas HemsleyDemetrius

Additional Details

Production type
Documentary/Educational/News
Plays
Midsummer Night’s Dream, A
Subjects
Drama; Music
Keywords
Britten, Benjamin (1913-1976); opera; Shakespeare, William (1564-1616)

Production Company

Name

Classic Arts

Archive

Name

British Library Sound Archive

Email
listening@bl.uk
Web
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Phone
020 7412 7676
Fax
020 7412 7441
Address
96 Euston Road
London
NW1 2DB

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