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A Midsummer Night's Dream

U.S. Production Premiere
Music by Benjamin Britten
Libretto by Benjamin Britten & Peter Pears
Based on the play by William Shakespeare
Opera at the Academy
Performed in English with English supertitles

"A show that's so much fun."—The Guardian

Having toured the world for over a quarter century, Robert Carsen’s delightful staging of A Midsummer Night’s Dream finally makes its way stateside. This jovial adaptation of Shakespeare’s popular comedy follows a throng of characters as they get tangled in complicated love triangles, mistaken identities, and alarming transformations.

Leading the cast as Oberon and Tytania are Tim Mead—praised for his “seductive and commanding” interpretation (The Guardian)—and the “sexy and flirty” (The Wall Street Journal) soprano Anna Christy.

MapAcademy of Music

Dates are Feb. 2019.

Fri, Feb 8 8:00 p.m.
Sun, Feb 10 2:30 p.m.
Fri, Feb 15 8:00 p.m.
Sun, Feb 17 2:30 p.m.

The running time is approximately 3 hours and 5 minutes, including one 20-minute intermission.

Production of the Festival d'Aix-en-Provence & Opera National de Lyon

Production underwritten, in part, by Barbara Augusta Teichert

Opera at the Academy is underwritten, in part, by Judy and Peter Leone

Cast & Creative Team

Corrado Rovaris
Corrado RovarisConductor
Robert Carsen
Robert Carsen *Director
Emmanuelle Bastet
Emmanuelle Bastet *Revival Director
Tim Mead
Tim Mead *as Oberon
Anna Christy
Anna Christy *as Tytania
Miltos Yerolemou
Miltos Yerolemou *as Puck
Georgia Jarman
Georgia Jarman *as Helena
Siena Licht Miller
Siena Licht Milleras Hermia
Brenton Ryan
Brenton Ryanas Lysander
Johnathan McCullough
Johnathan McCulloughas Demetrius
Evan Hughes
Evan Hughes *as Theseus
Allyson McHardy
Allyson McHardy *as Hippolyta
Matthew Rose
Matthew Roseas Bottom
  • Michael Levine Set & Costume Design
  • Peter Van Praet * Lighting Design
  • Seth Hoff Assistant Director
  • Lisa Anderson Production Stage Manager
  • Gregory Boyle Assistant Stage Manager
  • Jennifer Shaw Assistant Stage Manager
  • *Opera Philadelphia debut
Benjamin Britten

The Composer

Benjamin Britten

Britten was born on St. Cecilia's Day, at the family home in Lowestoft, Suffolk, England. His father was a dentist. He was the youngest of four children, with a brother, Robert (1907), and two sisters, Barbara (1902) and Beth (1909). He was educated locally, and studied, first, piano, and then, later, viola, from private teachers. Learn more about Britten.


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