Benjamin Britten (1913-1976)

A Midsummer Night's Dream (1960)

Opera in 3 acts


stage work

  • General information
    • Composition date : 1960
    • Duration : 2 h 24 mn
    • Publisher : Boosey & Hawkes
    • Opus : 64
    • Dedication : 'Dedicated to Stephen Reiss'
    • Libretto (details, author) :

      Adaptation de William Shakespeare par Benjamin Britten et Peter Pears

Detailed formation
  • soloists : 2 solo sopranos [dont 1 colorature] , 1 solo mezzo-soprano, 1 solo contralto, 1 solo countertenor [ou contralto] , 3 solo tenors, 2 solo baritones, 1 solo bass-baritone, 3 solo bass voices
  • mixed choir
  • 2 flutes, 1 oboe, 2 clarinets, 1 bassoon, 2 horns, 1 trumpet, 1 trombone, 2 percussionists, 1 harpsichord (also 1 celesta), 2 harp, strings, 1 sopranino recorder [sur scène, nombre non précisé] , 1 wood block [sur scène, nombre non précisé] , 1 hand cymbals [sur scène, nombre non précisé]

Premiere information

  • Date : 11 June 1960
    Location :

    Jubilee Hall, Aldeburgh


    Performers :

    Aldeburgh Festival, direction : Benjamin Britten ; production : John Cranko.