We’re very excited to share the recently digitally-remastered clips from our 2002 production of Benjamin Britten’s A Midsummer Night’s Dream. Britten was born in 1913 and the “centenary” celebration of his works spans the 2012 and 2013 seasons of performing arts companies around the world.
Clip 1 – From Act One
Clip 2 – Tytania and Bottom
Clip 3 – The Rustics Perform
Clip 4 – Finale
I have been lucky enough to work on the DREAM with two of Britten’s own assistants: Steuart Bedford and Roderick Brydon. They have both made me look ever deeper into the music to see the piece more clearly. “If you can’t see why I wrote (the music) that way, then don’t conduct it” was Britten’s advice to the young Steuart Bedford. “Play it again, I can’t hear the colours. If there are no colours, there’s no opera,” another gentle encouragement. The colours of the opera and story are all in the orchestration; “every note counts, there is nowhere to hide in this score” – again, Britten to Bedford.