RCM International Opera School presents RCM alumnus Benjamin Britten’s A Midsummer Night's Dream. Enthralling audiences since its first performance over 50 years ago, A Midsummer Night's Dream, composed by Royal College of Music alumnus Benjamin Britten, is presented by talented singers from the RCM International Opera School.
The much-loved opera is given a dramatic look in Liam Steel’s new production set in the underground world of Weimer Berlin.
Emerging from the wreckage of the First World War, the city became a hotbed for decadent revelry and entertainment. It is in this setting that Steel places Oberon and Tytania as King and Queen of the Fairies and the dispute of four lovers which unravels under the mischievous Puck. From the ethereal to the outlandish, Britten’s orchestration brilliantly portrays each dream-like scene with distinctive musical signatures.
Liam Steel is a Director, Choreographer and Movement Director. This production follows recent successful collaborations between the Royal College of Music and Steel including Britten’s Albert Herring (2015) and Offenbach’s Orpheus in the Underworld (2010). Steel has also worked extensively with Regent’s Park Open Air Theatre, co-directing Into the Woods in 2010 and J M Barrie’s Peter Pan in 2015. He has choreographed productions for the National Theatre, the Royal Shakespeare Company, the West End and Broadway.
Michael Rosewell returns to A Midsummer Night’s Dream after conducting a critically-acclaimed production with English Touring Opera in 2010, including four-star reviews from What’s On Stage and The Daily Telegraph, who named him ‘the star of the evening […] whose conducting of the excellent orchestra attacks Britten’s score with tremendous panache’.
As is traditional for RCM International Opera School productions, two casts will alternate performances, giving as many accomplished young singers as possible the chance to take to the RCM’s Britten Theatre stage.
Michael Rosewell conductor
Liam Steel director
Michael Pavelka set and costume designer
Andy Purves lighting designer
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