Wednesday, March 28, 2012

REVIEW: Britten's A Midsummer Night's Dream


Hong Kong Academy of Performing Arts Drama Theatre, Saturday March 24

One thing is sure: while this performance may not be ideal, one can’t help but still feel grateful to the Academy for staging this, the most totally and easily enjoyable of Britten’s operas.

The last time I went to an APA showcase opera was in 2010, Mozart's Cosi Fan Tutte and this production of Britten's A Midsummer Night's Dream is definitely a step-up! The production was sleek and the orchestra was tight and sensitive. As for the singers, the calibre is pretty much the same.

This is the review I wrote for Hong Kong Time-Out Magazine, click here to read.

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Academy Opera: A Midsummer Night's Dream
March 20, 22 & 24 2012, 7:30pm
The Hong Kong Academy for Performing Arts Drama Theatre

Composer: Benjamin Britten
Librettists: Benjamin Britten and Peter Pears after William Shakespeare

Creative Team:
Director: Ceri Sherlock
Choreographer: John Utans
Set Designer: Thomas Umfrid
Costume Designer: Mandy Tam
Lighting Designer: Samuel Chan

Cast includes:
Oberon: Chia Wee-kiat
Tytania: Mimi Ip
Puck: Max Charles Percy
Theseus: Abraham Sung
Hippolyta: Teresa Tang
Lysander: Qiu Wenjie
Demetrius: Yiu Yun-kwan
Hermia: Athene Mok
Helena: Alison Lau
Bottom: Michael Lam Chun-ting
Quince: Mark Anthony Wong
Flute: Joseph Wu
Snug: Francis Mok
Snout: Andrew Chan
Starveling: Henry Ngan Ka-lok

Academy Symphony Orchestra
Conductor: Stuart Stratford

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