April 28, 2023 - April 30, 2023| $25 Get Tickets
Main Stage Opera with Symphony Orchestra
Friday, April 28 at 7:30PM
Saturday, April 29 at 7:30PM
Sunday, April 30 at 2:30PM
Music by Benjamin Britten
Lyrics by Peter Pears
Set on Shenandoah Conservatory’s main proscenium stage and directed by Director of Opera Ella Marchment, our main stage production provides audiences with the full opera experience. This year’s production is based on Shakepeare’s popular and beloved comedy of mistaken identities, confused lovers and alarming transformations.
Benjamin Britten’s 1960 A Midsummer Night’s Dream, which features a libretto adapted by Peter Pears, harnesses the Bard’s exceptional storytelling with Britten’s expressive and atmospheric harmonies.
Brought to vivid life through Marchment’s fresh and inventive staging, and backed by the full force of the Symphony Orchestra, audiences will be transported to a beguiling and enchanting world where fantasy and reality intertwine.
Sung in English with subtitles
Directed by Ella Marchment
Music direction by Jan Wagner
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SUGGESTED SHOW RATING: TBD
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Meet the Director
Universally acclaimed as one of Europe’s most original and progressive directors, and widely celebrated as the founder of the global #OperaHarmony movement, auteur-director Ella Marchment has also taken on leadership roles for international arts organizations and spoken and lectured at world-renowned companies and conservatoires, including Opera Europa in the Netherlands, the Royal Opera House in London, the Juilliard School in New York, and the Royal College of Music in London. She was previously director of the opera programme at Northern Illinois University and is the current artistic director of Manor Opera in the UK, and Opera Festival of Chicago. Visit www.ellamarchment.org to learn more.
Food & Drink
Concessions will be available for purchase beginning one hour prior to this performance.
All facilities are wheelchair accessible. Infrared hearing system headsets are available in Ohrstrom-Bryant Theatre only. Accommodations for disabilities may be arranged by contacting the Box Office at least three days prior to the performance.
Photos by C King Media (The New World of Opera, Spring 2022)