Britten's Midsummer's Night
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In this article, the writer notes that Benjamin Britten obtained the plot for the opera, "Midsummer Night's Dream", from Shakespeare's play by the same name. The writer relates that in 1960 Britten, along with his companion, Peter Pears, presented it as a showpiece for friends and for a wide variety of talents. The writer points out that the opera contains a largely spoken, theatrical part, a boy's soprano choir, a large fairy who sings coloratura, a simple country bumpkin named Bottom whose head is turned into an ass' head by Puck and romantic subplots. The writer maintains that the opera is humorous and lyrical and a treat for the musical ear. The writer concludes that in this opera, the audience falls in love with Puck and with the fairies, as if the love-juice had been put on their own eyes.
Sample of Sources Used:
- Britten-Pears Foundation. A Midsummer Night's Dream, 2007. <http://www.brittenpears.org/?page=britten/repertoire/opera/midsummer.html>.
- Karadar Classical Music. "Benjamin Britten's A Midsummer Night's Dream." Composer's BiographyComposer's Biography. <http://www.karadar.com/Librettos/britten_dream.html>.
- Britten, Benjamin. A Midsummer Night's Dream (the recording). February 6, 1990 <http://www.amazon.com/Midsummer-Nights-Dream-Britten-London/dp/B0000041WB>.
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