A Midsummer Night’s Dream
Benjamin Britten
22.05.22 > 21.06.22

Director Ola Mafaalani
Musical direction Karel Deseure

INFO

Between dusk and dawn, Fairy king Oberon’s kingdom turns into a playground of love. With a drop of a magical love potion, Oberon intervenes in the love life of his subjects and wife Titania. Infatuation, infidelity, ecstasy, sadness and reconciliation roam the night.

Benjamin Britten wrote the magical opera A Midsummer Night’s Dream, after Shakespeare’s romantic comedy. Director Ola Mafaalani discovers the sensuality in this score and pulls all the stops.

The theater of Mafaalani is a feast for the five senses. Not only is there a focus on sight and sound but also touch, smell and taste are treated. According to Mafalaani, also called the empress of theatrical fantasy, opera has the capability to depict all sensory experiences. “The children’s choir doesn’t just come up and sing, they also bake and cook while singing. When you see those children at work, you experience that full unconditional love for everything around you again. It is my goal to let A Midsummer Night’s Dream become your own love affair.”

Ola Mafaalani, who makes her debut at Opera Zuid with this production, sees this opera as a testimonial of how cruel we can be in the name of love. “You can make your partner’s life hell and still say ‘I love you’. But these words carry an obligation. That applies to all your relationships.”

Together with a top cast of mainly Dutch and British soloists, special guests chef André Amaro and aerial artist Dreya Weber (well-known for working with P!nk), Mafaalani and acclaimed musical director Karel Deseure will embark on a sultry midsummer night, with the aim of enchanting the audience.

 

The opera is performed in English with Dutch and English subtitles.

A Midsummer Night’s Dream is a co-production with Female Economy. In collaboration with Amaro Creative Industries and philharmonie zuidnederland.

 

 

             

CAST & CREATIVES

Jan Wouters Oberon
Kristina Bitenc Titania
Dreya Weber Puck
Quirijn de Lang Theseus
Eva Kroon Hypolytha
Ted Black Lysander
Ed Ballard Demetrius
Leonie van Rheden Hermia
Liesbeth de Vos Helena
Marc Pantus Bottom
Christopher Gillett Flute
Bart Driessen Quince
Andrew Greenan Snug
Mitch Raemaekers Snout
Galen Dole Starveling
Mona Beyersdorf Cobweb
Margarita Dudčaka Peaseblossom
Maria Kazaka Mustardseed
Jeske de Haart Moth
Fairies
André Amaro Chef

Ola Mafaalani Direction
Karel Deseure Musical Direction
Andre Joosten Decor design
Floriaan Ganzevoort Lighting design
Willem Bruls Dramaturg
Regine Standfuss Costume design
Orkest philharmonie zuidnederland
Jan Wouters Oberon
Kristina Bitenc Titania
Dreya Weber Puck
Quirijn de Lang Theseus
Eva Kroon Hypolytha
Ted Black Lysander
Ed Ballard Demetrius
Leonie van Rheden Hermia
Liesbeth de Vos Helena
Marc Pantus Bottom
Christopher Gillett Flute
Bart Driessen Quince
Andrew Greenan Snug
Mitch Raemaekers Snout
Galen Dole Starveling
Mona Beyersdorf Cobweb
Margarita Dudčaka Peaseblossom
Maria Kazaka Mustardseed
Jeske de Haart Moth
Fairies
André Amaro Chef

Ola Mafaalani Direction
Karel Deseure Musical Direction
Andre Joosten Decor design
Floriaan Ganzevoort Lighting design
Willem Bruls Dramaturg
Regine Standfuss Costume design
Orkest philharmonie zuidnederland

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PLAYLIST

Fri
20.05.22
19:00
20/05/2022 - 19:00
Eindhoven
Parktheater Eindhoven
Sun
22.05.22
14:30
22/05/2022 - 14:30
Eindhoven
Parktheater Eindhoven
Tue
24.05.22
19:30
24/05/2022 - 19:30
Theater De Spiegel
Zwolle
Thu
26.05.22
19:30
26/05/2022 - 19:30
Amsterdam
Internationaal Theater Amsterdam
Sat
28.05.22
19:30
28/05/2022 - 19:30
Heerlen, PLT
Parkstad Limburg Theaters
Tue
31.05.22
19:30
31/05/2022 - 19:30
Tilburg
Schouwburg Concertzaal Tilburg
Thu
02.06.22
19:30
02/06/2022 - 19:30
Breda
Chassé Theater
Sat
04.06.22
19:30
04/06/2022 - 19:30
Enschede
Wilminktheater
Tue
07.06.22
19:30
07/06/2022 - 19:30
Groningen
Stadsschouwburg Groningen
Thu
09.06.22
19:30
09/06/2022 - 19:30
Venlo
De Maaspoort
Sat
11.06.22
19:30
11/06/2022 - 19:30
Utrecht
Stadsschouwburg Utrecht
Tue
14.06.22
19:30
14/06/2022 - 19:30
Maastricht, Theater aan het Vrijthof
 
Thu
16.06.22
19:30
16/06/2022 - 19:30
Sittard
Toon Hermans Theater
Sat
18.06.22
19:30
18/06/2022 - 19:30
Den Haag
Amare
Tue
21.06.22
19:30
21/06/2022 - 19:30
Valkenburg
Openluchttheater Valkenburg
Thu
23.06.22
23/06/2022
's-Hertogenbosch
Opera op de Parade

PERFORMANCES

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Het Lijflied
23.09.22 > 10.01.23
Lady in the Dark
12.11.22 > 11.12.22
Ändere die Welt!
10.03.23 > 02.04.23
Orphée aux Enfers
21.05.23 > 17.06.23