Piu’ che un sogno questo e’ un incubo, ma questo e’ proprio il livello di degrado che ha raggiunto l’ arte in Europa!!!
A Midsummer Night’s Dream
For anyone who loves Shakespeare, this is the first opera par excellence. Britten reshapes the play but remains faithful to the text, and the music’s evocation of nocturnal shenanigans is magical.
Listen out for: Oberon, sung by the ethereal voice of a countertenor, and the opera’s closing minutes of aural enchantment.
Where can I see it? Next month in a star-studded new production by Netia Jones at Snape Maltings as part of the 2017 Aldeburgh Festival, and again in March 2018 when Robert Carsen’s legendary ‘bed’ production returns to ENO.
If you enjoy it, try: Peter Grimes, Albert Herring, Billy Budd