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5.0 out of 5 stars Excellent Produxction of a great opera.
Libretto by Shakespeare, music by Britten. It does not get better than that. The magical story will be familiar to most. The production is really imaginative,colorful and brings out all of the comic aspects very well. There are some magical moments; the coming of dawn at the opening of Act 3: the raising of the beds to set the stage for the play. Puck captures the...
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1.0 out of 5 stars Tiresome
While the musical qualities of the production are excellent, the DVD is totally ruined by the ridiculous gurning performance of an out-of-control Emil Wolk as Puck. His ludicrous "reacting" to Oberon's magnificent "Be it on lion, bear, wolf or bull..." killed it for me (and that is about 15 minutes in). Don't buy it. If, like me, you have bought a copy do what I did -...
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Excellent Produxction of a great opera., 17 May 2014
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This review is from: Benjamin Britten - A Midsummer Night's Dream (Gran Teatre del Liceu, Barcelona 2005) [DVD] [2009] (DVD)
Libretto by Shakespeare, music by Britten. It does not get better than that. The magical story will be familiar to most. The production is really imaginative,colorful and brings out all of the comic aspects very well. There are some magical moments; the coming of dawn at the opening of Act 3: the raising of the beds to set the stage for the play. Puck captures the Shakespearean "fool" very well. Amazing acrobatics,

For me the most enjoyable aspect of the opera is having the wonderful words of Shakespeare so well set.: .You can enjoy every nuance: by this stage in his career (it was written in 1960) Britten had become a master at writing vocal lines that articulate clearly the words.

The orchestra is a small chamber group; a little larger than he used in the Turn of the Screw. The operatic cast outnumber the musicians in the pit. This is one of Britten's most performed operas which is loved around the world. Britten is the most performed Opera composer from the 20th Century. I recommend it to anyone.:
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1.0 out of 5 stars Tiresome, 11 Aug 2013
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This review is from: Benjamin Britten - A Midsummer Night's Dream (Gran Teatre del Liceu, Barcelona 2005) [DVD] [2009] (DVD)
While the musical qualities of the production are excellent, the DVD is totally ruined by the ridiculous gurning performance of an out-of-control Emil Wolk as Puck. His ludicrous "reacting" to Oberon's magnificent "Be it on lion, bear, wolf or bull..." killed it for me (and that is about 15 minutes in). Don't buy it. If, like me, you have bought a copy do what I did - throw it into the nearest dustbin.
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