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Demetrius arrives pursued by Helena but angrily dismisses her. Mustardseed Treble The second of Tytania’s four fairy servants.

Helena is distraught and seeing Lysander moves to wake him. Puck has not completed his task!

Be kind and courteous

Helena I know a bank where the wild thyme blows Sung by: Surprise, surprise he kinc and instantly falls in love. The queen of the fairies.

The first of Tytania’s four fairy servants. Unlike at the premiere Pears takes the larger part of Lysander. The tailor who plays the part of moon. We next meet Lysander, Hermia, Demetrius and Helena. Jubilee Hall in Aldeburgh.

The mechanicals arrive in the forest. Everything came together to a near total success. Hippolyta Contralto The queen of the Amazons. The Anv Opera would produce it the year after its premiere and MSND was rapidly taken up abroad not infrequently in translationbecoming a part of the international standard repertory. All the characters bar two Egeus and Philostrate make the cut, resulting in an opera with a diverse and lively range of characters nearly 20!


It is Theseus and Hippolyta’s wedding day. MSND however, was something of a rush job, going from conception to opening night in well under a year. Left alone Bottom sings to himself awakening the nearby Tytania. The second of Tytania’s four fairy servants.

Oberon calls Puck and sends him to find a magical flower. Henry Purcell produced The Fairy Queena series of masques intertwined with a bowdlerized MSND text and Felix Mendelssohn wrote a concert overture as well as incidental music for the play. We leave the woods for Athens. Starveling Baritone The tailor who plays the part of moon. Lost and totally exhausted Hermia and Lysander fall asleep in the woods. He provides considerable comic relief, particularly when he gains his donkey’s head and frolics with Tytania.

Demetrius falls asleep abd characters in MSND have a real penchant for sleeping Britten’s MSND has an enormous number of characters by operatic standards and it is also unusual in that so many of them are prominent. The mechanicals meet later that same day for a rehearsal.


Be kind and courteous | A Midsummer Night’s Dream | Benjamin Britten

Plays the lion that rather sweetly fails to eat Thisbe. Flute Tenor A bellow-mender excited by the prospect of acting in a play. The fourth of Tytania’s four fairy servants. Since writing “On This Island” with W. The definitive recording, conducted by Britten himself with Dellar courtsous Oberon.

They fuss over the casting, Bottom’s shenanigans setting off hilarity, but eventually all is settled and they agree to meet later the same night to rehearse. A joiner who is timid and a bit thick.

Coyrteous worry if it seems like a lot to remember, one of the joys of this opera is just how enjoyable it is even when you’ve lost the plot! Oberon is now angry with Puck and instructs him to sort the couples out. Hermia Mezzo-soprano Loves Lysander but is betrothed to Demetrius. Puck acts without thought for others but acts essentially innocently.

Oberon guides the narrative through his servant Puck.