BOpS presents A Midsummer Night's Dream

The new year heralds the beginning of a momentous period of celebration; that of the centenary year of Benjamin Britten. What better way to commence the festivities than a fiery production of one of his most celebrated operas?

Late February will see Bristol University Operatic Society's top performers lure audiences into a phosphorescent jungle - a world of magic, passion and torment. Following a fierce confrontation with his fairy Queen, Oberon’s bitter jealousy moves him to vengeance. The oligarch's actions upset the natural order of things and effect all who dwell beneath the lush canopy, from four searching lovers to the endemic Amazonian warrior-fairies. Perhaps most unlikely of all, a band of rustics find their leading man transformed into an ass and used as the vessel for Oberon's retribution!

With generous support from the Britten-Pears Foundation and a cast and orchestra made up of 50 of the university's finest musicians, BOPS looks set to show its great strength with this highly ambitious and colourful masterpiece.

Please note that whilst the Gala Performance on Saturday begins at 7pm, there will be a champagne reception from 6pm.

Winston Theatre

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Directed by Claudia Jolly and David Ridley
Produced by Rachel Pryce
Musical Direction David Ridley
Written By Benjamin Britten
Stage Manager Joe Lewis and Tom Farmer
Chief Electrician Rory Lucas and Henry Bromell
Sound Engineer Morgan Atkins
Sound Designer: Charlie Simpson