Festival d’Aix en Provence : Opera Screening – A Midsummer Night’s Dream

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Date(s) - 28/07/2019
6:00 pm - 8:30 pm

Mazda Hall


On the occasion of its 71st edition, the Festival d’Aix En Provence is offering free screenings of operas around the world!

The Alliance Française de Pune and Festival d’Aix En Provence,  in association with Fondation Orange, and Poona Music Society,  are happy to offer free screenings of operas in July 2019.

Screening A Midsummer Night’s Dream/LE SONGE D’UNE NUIT D’ÉTÉ by Benjamin Britten

28th July, 6PM
Mazda Hall, Camp, Pune

Le Songe d’une Nuit d’éte – Festival d’Aix en Provence 2017 © Patrick Berger/ArtComPress

Opera in three acts and four paintings
Libretto by the composer and Peter Pears, from William Shakespeare’s play of the same name
Premiered June 11, 1960 at Jubilee Hall in Aldeburgh

In a forest near Athens, during the night of the solstice, the worlds mingle. There is the kingdom of fairies, troubled by the discord between King Oberon and Queen Titania. But there are also four lovers caught in a desires crossover, and a group of artisans who came to rehearse a play away from the city. Thanks to the enchanted juice of a flower, the elf Puck causes confusion and interferes with all these characters. Following the dreamlike meanders of one of the most beloved plays of Shakespeare, Benjamin Britten writes a captivating opera, in which each world is differentiated by an ineffable musical material. For this lyrical masterpiece of the twentieth century, Robert Carsen created an enchanting show that made the beautiful evenings of the Festival d’Aix-en-Provence in 1991 and 1992, before his leaving to conquer the world. He is back in the place where he was born, this courtyard of the l’Archevêché where the summer night is Provencal and the dream in the open sky.


Conductor                                                                             Kazushi Ono
Stage Director                                                                     Robert Carsen
Set and Costumes Designer                                          Michael Levine
Lighting Designer                                                              Robert Carsen and Peter van Praet
Choreography                                                                   Matthew Bourne
Tytania                                                                                 Sandrine Piau
Oberon                                                                                 Lawrence Zazzo
Puck                                                                                       Miltos Yerolemou
Theseus                                                                                 Scott Conner*
Hippolyta                                                                             Allyson McHardy
Lysander                                                                              Rupert Charlesworth*
Demetrius                                                                            John Chest*
Hermia                                                                                  Elizabeth DeShong
Helena                                                                                   Layla Claire*
Bottom                                                                                  Brindley Sherratt
Quince                                                                                   Henry Waddington
Flute                                                                                      Michael Slattery
Snout                                                                                     Christopher Gillett
Starveling                                                                              Simon Butteriss
Snug                                                                                       Brian Bannatyne-Scott
Cobweb, Peaseblossom, Mustardseed and Moth    Benedict Hill, Lucas Pinto, Andrew Sinclair-Knopp, Jérémie de Rijk (members of the Choir)
Choir                                                                                       Trinity Boys Choir
Choir’s Conductor                                                                David Swinson
Orchestra                                                                              Orchestre de l’Opéra national de Lyon


This event is organised in partnership with Festival D’Aix En Provence, Fondation Orange and Poona Music Society.


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