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A midsummer night's dream

Author: Benjamin BrittenSylvia McNair, (Soprano)Nancy GustafsonJane BunnellJochen KowalskiAll authors
Publisher: [New York, New York] : [Metropolitan Opera], [1996]
Edition/Format:   eMusic : EnglishView all editions and formats
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Shakespeare's enchanting tale is set to some of Benjamin Britten's most atmospheric music, with a libretto taken entirely from the text of the play. Countertenor Jochen Kowalski is Oberon, King of the Fairies, and Sylvia McNair sings his queen, Tytania. The ensemble cast also includes Nick Stahl as Puck, Nancy Gustafson as Helena, Jane Bunnell as Hermia, Kurt Streit as Lysander, and Rodney Gilfrey as Demetrius.
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Material Type: Music, Sound recording, Internet resource
Document Type: Internet Resource, Computer File, Sound Recording
All Authors / Contributors: Benjamin Britten; Sylvia McNair, (Soprano); Nancy Gustafson; Jane Bunnell; Jochen Kowalski; Kurt Streit; Rodney Gilfry; Peter Rose; David Atherton; Metropolitan Opera (New York, N.Y.),
OCLC Number: 859397430
Language Note: Sung in English.
Notes: Duration: 2 hr., 30 min., 52 sec.
Performer(s): Sylvia McNair ; Nancy Gustafson ; Jane Bunnell ; Jochen Kowalski ; Kurt Streit ; Rodney Gilfry ; Peter Rose ; Metropolitan Opera Orchestra and Chorus ; David Atherton, conductor.
Event notes: Recorded live in 1996 at the Metropolitan Opera, New York, New York.
Description: 1 online resource (1 sound file (2 hr., 30 min., 52 sec.))
Contents: Introduction: The wood ; Deepening twilight/Over hill, over dale, thorough bush, thorough briar --
Oberon is passing fell and wrath --
Well, go thy way --
How now my love? --
Be it on Lion, Bear or Wolf or Bull --
Welcome wanderer! I know a bank where the wild thyme blows --
Is all our company here? --
Fair love, you faint with wand'ring in the wood --
Through the forest have I gone --
Stay tho' thou kill me, sweet Demetrius --
Come, come, now a roundel and a fairy song --
You spotted snakes with double tongue --
What thou seest when thou dost wake --
The wood (Tytania lying asleep) --
Are we all met? --
I see their knavery --
Be kind and courteous to this gentleman --
Hail, mortal, hail! --
Ah, ah, I have a reasonable good ear in music --
How now mad spirit --
Flower of this purple dye --
Puppet? Why so? --
This is thy negligence --
Up and down, up and down --
On the ground, sleep sound --
My gentle Robin --
Helena!--Hermia!--Demetrius!--Lysander! --
When my cue comes, call me --
Have you sent to Bottom's house? --
Quick march --
Now, fair Hippolyta --
If we offend, it is with our good will --
Gentles, perchance you wonder at this show --
O wall, full often hast thou heard my moans --
This is old Ninny's tomb --
Come, your Bergomask --
Now, the hungry lion roars --
Now until the break of day.
Responsibility: Benjamin Britten.

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Shakespeare's enchanting tale is set to some of Benjamin Britten's most atmospheric music, with a libretto taken entirely from the text of the play. Countertenor Jochen Kowalski is Oberon, King of the Fairies, and Sylvia McNair sings his queen, Tytania. The ensemble cast also includes Nick Stahl as Puck, Nancy Gustafson as Helena, Jane Bunnell as Hermia, Kurt Streit as Lysander, and Rodney Gilfrey as Demetrius.

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