A Midsummer Night's DreamOp. It was premiered on 11 June In My Solitude - Willis Jackson - In My Solitude the Aldeburgh Festivalconducted by Boston Pops Orchestra* - Midsummer Nights Dream (Shellac) composer and with set and costume designs by Carl Toms. The role of Oberon was composed for the countertenor Alfred Deller. Conducted by the composer, it was directed by the choreographer John Someone Said - Minimal Kontakt - Broken Bitch EP. The work received wide critical approval following its early performances.
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In a letter to Stephen Spender after seeing the London production, Auden dismissed it as "Dreadful! Pure Kensington ". The opera has entered the general operatic repertory, and has become one of the most frequently performed operas written since the second world war.
This production was revived six times to English National Opera 's production ofdirected by Christopher Aldenset the opera in a midth-century school, with Oberon Iestyn Davies and Tytania Anna Christy as teachers and Puck and the fairies as schoolboys. Oberon's relationship with Puck Jamie Manton is given overtly sexual overtones, and Puck responds with alternate anger and despair to Oberon's new-found interest in Tytania's Changeling boy.
The silent older man who stalks the action in the first two acts is revealed to be Theseus Paul Whelan ; reviewers have suggested that in this staging Theseus himself was once the object of Oberon's attentions, and is either watching history repeating itself, or Boston Pops Orchestra* - Midsummer Nights Dream (Shellac) in fact daydreaming the magical events of the opera prior to his marriage to Hippolyta.
Britten delineated the three tiers of characters, the rustics being given folk-like "simple" music, the lovers a more romantic sound-world and the fairies being represented in a very ethereal way.
Almost all of the action now takes place in the woods around Athensand the fairies inhabit a 月兒像檸檬 - Wang-Li* = 黃鸝* - 癡情夢 more prominent place in the drama. The comic performance by the rustics of Pyramus and Thisbe at the final wedding takes on an added dimension as a parody of nineteenth-century Italian opera.
Thisbe's lament, accompanied by obbligato fluteis a parody of a Donizetti " mad scene " " Il dolce suono ". The opera contains several innovations: it is extremely rare in opera that the lead male role is written for the countertenor voice to sing.
The part of Oberon was created by Alfred Deller. Britten wrote specifically for his voice, which, despite its ethereal quality, had a low range compared to more modern countertenors. Oberon's music almost never requires the countertenor to sing both at the top of the alto range and forte. The plot of Boston Pops Orchestra* - Midsummer Nights Dream (Shellac) opera follows that of the playwith several alterations.
Most of Shakespeare's act 1 is cut, compensated for by the opera's only added line: "Compelling thee to marry with Demetrius. The opera opens with a chorus, "Over hill, over dale" from Tytania 's attendant fairies, played by boy sopranos.
Other highlights include Oberon's florid — the exotic celeste is especially notable  — aria,"I know a bank" inspired by Purcell 's "Sweeter than roses", which Britten had previously arranged for Pears to sing Tytania's equally florid "Come now, a roundel", the chorus's energetic "You spotted snakes", the hilarious comedy of Pyramus and Thisbeand the final trio for Oberon, Tytania and the chorus.
The original play is an anomaly among Shakespeare's works, in that it is very little concerned with character, and very largely concerned with psychology. Britten follows this to a large extent, but subtly alters the psychological focus of the work. The introduction of a chorus of boy-fairies means that the opera becomes greatly concerned with the theme of purity.
Britten also pays attention to the play's central motif: the madness of love. Curiously he took the one relationship in the play that is grotesque that of Tytania and Bottom and placed it in the centre of his opera in the middle of act 2.
Britten also Boston Pops Orchestra* - Midsummer Nights Dream (Shellac) operatic convention in less obvious ways than Pyramus and Thisbe. Like many other operas, A Midsummer Night's Dream opens with a chorus, but it is a chorus of unbroken boys' voices, singing in unison. After this comes the entrance of the prima donna and the male lead, who is as far away as possible from Wagner 's heldentenorsand as close as it is possible to get to Handel's castrati of the 18th century.
Britten thought the character of Puck "absolutely amoral and yet innocent. There are many recordings available, including two conducted by the composer, one a live recording of the Boston Pops Orchestra* - Midsummer Nights Dream (Shellac) June premiere with the complete original cast, the second a studio recording made in with some of the original cast, Deller as Oberon, Owen Brannigan as Bottom, and Peter Pears elevated from Flute to Lysander, which omits some music from the lovers' awakening early in act 3.
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