Theater an der Wien

A Midsummer Night's Dream

Opera in three acts (1960)
Music by Benjamin Britten
Libretto by Benjamin Britten and Peter Pears based on the play by William Shakespeares

In English with German surtitles

Production of Theater an der Wien

Conductor: Antonello Manacorda
Director: Damiano Michieletto
Set Design: Paolo Fantin
Costume Design: Klaus Bruns
Light Design: Alessandro Carletti

Oberon: Bejun Mehta
Tytania: Anett Fritsch
Puck: NN
Theseus: Günes Gürle
Hippolyta: Ann-Beth Solvang
Lysander: Rupert Charlesworth
Demetrius: Tobias Greenhalgh
Hermia: Natalia Kawalek
Helena: Mirella Hagen
Bottom: Tareq Nazmi
Quince: Lukas Jakobski
Flute: Michael Laurenz
Snug: Dumitru Madarašan
Snout: Andrew Owens
Starveling: Kristjan Johannesson

Wiener Symphoniker

Benjamin Britten and Peter Pears used Shakespeare’s famous text almost verbatim, the composer creating a score of suitably magical potency, and this fairy-tale opera became one of his most successful works. The allocation of the voices is unusual: Oberon is a countertenor, Titania a coloratura soprano — the king and queen of the fairies move in the very highest dimensions. Britten found a characteristic musical language for each of the magical and human spheres. Furthermore, in his composition he is always mindful of his famous predecessors who had written music for Shakespeare’s comedy: Henry Purcell, Carl Maria von Weber and Felix Mendelssohn-Bartholdy. There is also a kind of history of opera hidden in the score. This comes to the fore in highly amusing fashion with the artisans’ performance in Act III: Britten presents Pyramus and Thisbe as a parody of Italian opera.

Written orders are accepted at any time.
Tickets go on sale on the general public on 15 June 2017 at 10 a.m. for the performances until 31 December 2017, at the box office at the Theatre an der Wien an the Wien-Ticket pavillon and can also be ordered by telephone on +43 (0) 1 58885.
Tickets for performances from 1 January 2018, go on sale to the general public on 1 September 2017, at 10 a.m.
In the Onlineshop the single ticket sale starts one day later.


Theater an der Wien

Linke Wienzeile 6
1060 Wien

Current Dates

  • Mon. 23 Apr 2018, 7 p.m.
  • Wed. 25 Apr 2018, 7 p.m.