Bjorn Frins

A Midsummer Night's Dream

Opera Zuid
try out en première
Fri 20 May ’22 - Sun 22 May ’22
Opera debut of director Ola Mafalaani
Fri 20 May ’22
Sun 22 May ’22

Benjamin Britten wrote the magical opera A Midsummer Night's Dream, based on Shakespeare's romantic comedy. They both lay bare our deepest desires and fears.

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Between dusk and dawn, Elf King Oberon's kingdom turns into a playground for love. With a drop of magic nectar, Oberon influences the love life of his subjects and wife Tytania. Infatuation, infidelity, ecstasy, sadness and reconciliation fill the night.

Britten's low-key style of mastery ultimately allows for an outrageous escapade in the woods. Director Ola Mafaalani discovers the sensuality in this score and pulls out all the stops.

Ola Mafaalani who, with this work, is making her operatic debut with Opera Zuid, sees in this opera the testimony of how cruel we are in the name of love. “We can make our partner's life hell and still say 'I love you'. But these words carry an obligation. And that applies to all your relationships.”

Together with a top cast of mainly Dutch and British soloists, special guest chief Andre Amaro and aerial artist Dreya Weber (known from P!nk), Mafaalani and acclaimed conductor Karel Deseure will embark on a sultry midsummer night, with the aim of enchanting their audience.

The theatrics of Mafaalani are a feast for the five senses. Not only eyes and ears, but also touch, smell and taste are treated. According to Mafalaani, also called the empress of theatrical fantasy, opera has the language to depict all sensory experiences. “The children's choir doesn't just come up and sing, but also bakes and cooks while singing. When you see those children at work, you experience that full unconditional love for everything around you again. It is my need to let A Midsummer Night's Dream be your own love affair.”

  • The opera is performed in English with Dutch subtitles.


Cast Jan Wouters, Kristina Bitenc, Dreya Weber, Quirijn de Lang, Eva Kroon Director Ola Mafaalani Musical direction Karel Deseure Directing assistant Jean-Philippe Guilois Dramaturg Willem Bruls Orchestra philharmonie zuidnederland