Britten: A Midsummer Night's Dream
Label: OPUS ARTE
Catalog: OA 1373D
Format: DVD VIDEO
Curt Appelgren James Bowman Felicity Lott Damien Nash Martin Warr Ileana Cotrubas Cynthia Buchan Roger Bryson, JAMES BOWMAN
Glyndebourne’s production of A Midsummer Night’s Dream is pure magic. Brilliantly adapted from Shakespeare’s play, the opera follows the adventures of four lovers and a group of naïve rustics who, in a wood on a moonstruck midsummer night, fall foul of Oberon and Tytania, the quarrelling king and queen of the fairies. In Peter Hall’s remarkable staging, the very wood comes alive as logs and trees move and rustle, creating ambiguous silhouettes in the dark mysterious woodland, lit only by designer John Bury’s wonderful rising sun and moon.