A Midsummer Night’s Dream

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PreviousFebruary 2021

Opera in three acts
Libretto by Benjamin Britten and Peter Pears after William Shakespeare's Comedy
First performed on 11 June, 1960 at the Aldeburgh Festival
Premiered at the Deutsche Oper Berlin on 26 January 2020

Recommended from 14 years on

In English language with German and English surtitles

3 hrs 15 mins / one interval

Program and cast

Conductor: Donald Runnicles

Director: Ted Huffman

Set design: Marsha Ginsberg

Costumes: Annemarie Woods

Light design: D. M. Wood

Choreographer: Sam Pinkleton

Choreographer (Puck): Ran Arthur Braun

Children's Chorus: Christian Lindhorst

Dramaturgy: Sebastian Hanusa

Oberon: James Hall

Tytania: Siobhan Stagg

Theseus: Padraic Rowan

Hippolyta: Annika Schlicht

Lysander: Gideon Poppe

Demetrius: Samuel Dale Johnson

Hermia: Karis Tucker

Helena: Jeanine De Bique

Bottom: James Platt

Quince: Timothy Newton

Flute: Michael Kim

Snug: Patrick Guetti

Snout: Matthew Peña

Starveling: Matthew Cossack

Puck: N. N.

Chorus: Kinderchor der Deutschen Oper Berlin

Orchestra: Orchester der Deutschen Oper Berlin

Deutsche Oper Berlin

The Deutsche Oper Berlin is an opera company located in the Charlottenburg district of Berlin, Germany. The resident building is the country's second largest opera house and also home to the Berlin State Ballet.

The company's history goes back to the Deutsches Opernhaus built by the then independent city of Charlottenburg—the "richest town of Prussia"—according to plans designed by Heinrich Seeling from 1911. It opened on November 7, 1912 with a performance of Beethoven's Fidelio, conducted by Ignatz Waghalter. After the incorporation of Charlottenburg by the 1920 Greater Berlin Act, the name of the resident building was changed to Städtische Oper (Municipal Opera) in 1925.

Deutsches Opernhaus, 1912
With the Nazi Machtergreifung in 1933, the opera was under control of the Reich Ministry of Public Enlightenment and Propaganda. Minister Joseph Goebbels had the name changed back to Deutsches Opernhaus, competing with the Berlin State Opera in Mitte controlled by his rival, the Prussian minister-president Hermann Göring. In 1935, the building was remodeled by Paul Baumgarten and the seating reduced from 2300 to 2098. Carl Ebert, the pre-World War II general manager, chose to emigrate from Germany rather than endorse the Nazi view of music, and went on to co-found the Glyndebourne opera festival in England. He was replaced by Max von Schillings, who acceded to enact works of "unalloyed German character". Several artists, like the conductor Fritz Stiedry or the singer Alexander Kipnis followed Ebert into emigration. The opera house was destroyed by a RAF air raid on 23 November 1943. Performances continued at the Admiralspalast in Mitte until 1945. Ebert returned as general manager after the war.

After the war, the company in what was now West Berlin used the nearby building of the Theater des Westens until the opera house was rebuilt. The sober design by Fritz Bornemann was completed on 24 September 1961. The opening production was Mozart's Don Giovanni. The new building opened with the current name.

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