Check out Britten: A Midsummer Night’s Dream / Act 2 – “Be Kind and Courteous To This Gentleman” by Elizabeth Harwood & London Symphony Orchestra. Watch movie and read libretto and translation of Be kind and courteous, an aria for from the English opera A Midsummer Night’s Dream by Benjamin Britten. Watch movie and read libretto and translation of Be kind and courteous, an aria for from the English opera Midsummers Night’s Dream by Benjamin Britten.

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A joiner who is timid and a courteohs thick. Plays the lion that rather sweetly fails to eat Thisbe. The juice of this flower has the power to make anyone fall in love with the next person they see. Puck acts without thought for others but acts essentially innocently.

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The mechanicals meet later that same day for a rehearsal. His health was uneven; gout, tendonitis and bursitis all plaguing him over the course of the year.

Flees Athens with Hermia before the opera begins. We next meet Lysander, Hermia, Demetrius and Helena.

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All the characters bar two Egeus and Philostrate make the cut, resulting in an opera with a diverse and lively range of characters nearly 20! Peaseblossom Treble The fourth of Tytania’s four fairy servants. On another it is a psychological treasure trove, purity, madness and cruelty crashing against each other to riveting effect.

The other mechanicals courteouss have been searching for Bottom come across him as he announces that their play is to be performed at court. Oberon argues with Tytania over a young changeling boy Oberon wants him for a knight whilst Tytania wants to keep him as his mother was one of her servants.


Helena I know a bank where the wild thyme blows Sung by: It is nearly dawn. Oberon calls Puck and sends him to find a magical flower. Don’t worry if it seems like a lot to remember, one of the joys of this opera is just how enjoyable it is even when you’ve lost ajd plot!

The fourth of Tytania’s four fairy servants. These characters divide into three groups, each with a largely separate plot as in Shakespeare’s play. Arguably one of Britten’s best recordings of his own works! This Mendelssohn music contains possibly one of the most recognisable tunes ever written: An otherworldly force who can be more than a little creepy. In a stunningly funny sequence she seduces him to bed with some help and head scratching from the fairies.

Plays Pyramus in anx play within the play. Tytania Soprano The queen of the fairies. The queen of the fairies. Since writing “On Ahd Island” with W.

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They begin but are soon spotted by Puck who decides to work some mischief. Usually sung by a boy treble but occasionally by a female singer. Hermia Mezzo-soprano Loves Lysander but is betrothed to Demetrius. Refusing to give the boy up, Tytania leaves.

Lysander loves Hermia though she is engaged to his friend Demetrius. This unhappy group is overheard by Oberon who instructs Puck to fix the group by making Demetrius fall for Helena using the magic flower.

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MSND however, was something of a rush job, going from conception to opening night in well under a year. The king of the fairies. Falls for Bottom as a result of a love potion to hilarious effect. Demetrius arrives pursued by Helena but angrily dismisses her. He provides considerable comic relief, particularly when coruteous gains his donkey’s head and frolics with Tytania. Helena When my cue comes, call me Sung by: The Royal Opera would produce it the year after its premiere and MSND was rapidly taken cpurteous abroad not infrequently in translationbecoming a part of the international standard repertory.


We leave the woods for Athens. If we shadows have offended, Think but this, and all is mended: From the ethereal beauty briitten the fairies to the rough and tumble of the Mechanicals. The queen of the Amazons.

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Quince Bass The leader of the mechanicals troupe though Bottom often rides roughshod over his opinions. On the simplest level it is an evening of sheer enchantment, a traditional fairytale with plenty of comedy.

The first of Tytania’s four fairy servants. A show that rewards repeat viewings whilst still managing to be instantly accessible. Oberon is elated to find his plan for Tytania has worked so well but kimd pleasure quickly dissipates when Demetrius enters chasing Hermia.

Snout Tenor A tinker who plays the hilarious role of Wall which he does badly as he’s so nervous. That you have but slumbered here While these visions did appear….