Inleiding A Midsummer Night's Dream

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Between dusk and dawn,  the kingdom of Elf king Oberon turns into a playground of love. With one drop of a magical love potion, Oberon intervenes in the love life of his subjects and his wife Titania. infatuation, infidelity, extacy, sorrow, and reconciliation roam the night.

Benjamin Britten (1913-1976) wrote the magical opera A Midsummer Night's Dream, after Shakespeare's romantic comedy. Director Ola Mafaalani discovers the sensuality in this score and pulls all the stops.

Mafaalani's theatre is a feast for the five senses. Not only is there a focus on sight and sound, but touch, smell and taste are also treated. According to Mafaalani, often called the empress of theatrical fantasy, opera has the capability to depict all sensory experiences. "The children's choir doesn't just come up and sing, they also bake and cook while singing. When you see those children at work, you experience that full unconditional love for everything around you again. It is my goal to let A Midsummer Night's Dream become your own love affair."

Ola Mafaalani, who makes her debut at Opera Zuid with this production, sees this opera as a testimony of how cruel humanity can be in the name of love. "You can make your partner's life a living hell, and still say 'I love you'. But these words carry an obligation with them. This applies to all your relationships."

Together with an all star cast of mainly Dutch and British solists, special guests André Amaro and aerial artist Dreya Weber (known from working with P!nk), Mafaalani and acclaimed musical director Karel Deseure embark on a sultry midsummer night, with the aim of enchanting the audience.

A Midsummer Night's Dream is a coproduction with Female Economy.

Tue 14 Jun 2022
Other locations :
Ferdinand Duynstee Foyer (souterrain)
18:30 - 19:00
Introductionary talk 18:30
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14.06.2022 Opera Zuid - A Midsummer Night's Dream 14.06.2022 Opera Zuid - A Midsummer Night's Dream 14.06.2022 Opera Zuid - A Midsummer Night's Dream

Opera by Benjamin Britten
Musical director Karel Deseure
director Ola Mafaalani

director's assistant Lauren Poulton

dramaturgy Willem Bruls

decor designer André Joosten

assistant decor design Lobke Houkes

light design Floriaan Ganzevoort

costume design Regine Standfuss

chef André Amaro

orchestra philharmonie zuidnederland

cast Jan Wouters (Oberon), Kristina Bitenc (Titania), Dreya Weber (Puck), Quirijn de Lang (Theseus), Eva Kroon (Hippolyta), Jeroen de Vaal (Lysander), Ed Ballard (Demetrius), Leonie van Rheden (Hermia), Liesbeth Devos (Helena), Marc Pantus (Bottom), Christopher Gillet (Flute), Bart Driessen (Quince), Andrew Greenan (Snug), Mitch Raemaekers (Snout), Galen Dole (Starveling), Mona Beyersdorf (Cobweb), Margarita Dučaka (Peaseblossom), Maria Kazaka (Mustardseed), Jeske de Haart (Moth), Limburgse Koorschool Kokoz (Fairies)

photography Bjorn Frins