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Opera A Midsummer Night's Dream premieres in China Saturday
   2016-10-15 19:04:32    CRIENGLISH.com      Web Editor: Shi

Opera A Midsummer NightĄ¯s DreamĄ¯s director Robert Carsen briefs the media some of the highlights for the Chinese premiere on Oct 13, 2016 in Beijing. [Photo provided to CRIENGLISH.com]

A world-renowned opera A Midsummer Night's Dream, a French production of the Festival d'Aix-en-Provence, is glittering on the stage in the Beijing-based Poly Theatre Saturday evening.

Saturday's show is the premiere in China for this opera in three acts and four scenes created in 1960 at Aldeburgh Jubilee Hall.

The story takes place when different worlds overlap in a forest near Athens, during the night of the summer solstice. There is the realm of the fairies, disrupted by the discord that opposes King Oberon and Queen Tytania.

Canada-born Robert Carsen is the director of the opera A Midsummer Night's Dream. He explains how they plan to make the backdrop---a big bed for this juicy play."

A Midsummer Night's Dream is one of the sexiest plays ever written. And all this happens in beds. So it occurs to us that maybe, the forest bed, as we say in English, could be a huge bed, which the mottos don't realize it's a bed. This metaphor for one big bed becoming seven beds which are applying to this whole magic could help the audience participate in the magic and believe in it, because I believe theatre is a very important exchange between the audience and the stage. The audience has to help create the magic."

Robert Carsen, working as a director, has led to numerous, acclaimed productions worldwide.

An opera with music by Benjamin Britten and set to a libretto adapted by the composer and Peter Pears from William Shakespeare's play, A Midsummer Night's Dream will stay available in the theatre on both Saturday and Sunday night.

In addition, the opera also marks a start of a five-year long cooperation between the ongoing Beijing Music Festival and the Festival d'Aix-en-Provence.

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