Friday, November 22, 2019 at 7:00pm
Bing Theatre (BIT)
3500 Watt Way, Los Angeles, CA 90089
USC Thornton Opera Presents Benjamin Britten’s A Midsummer Night’s Dream
Friday, November 22, 2019
7 p.m.: Pre-Performance Discussion
8 p.m.: Opera Performance
Wednesday, November 20, at 8 p.m.
Sunday, November 24, at 2 p.m.
Admission is free for USC students, faculty, and staff. Tickets will be available at the door with valid ID.
General Public: $18
Seniors, Alumni, and Non-USC Students: $12
To purchase tickets, call (213) 740-4672 or visit ticketoffice.usc.edu.
The USC Thornton Opera program, in collaboration with the USC Thornton Symphony, is proud to present Benjamin Britten’s A Midsummer Night’s Dream.
Adapted from Shakespeare’s play by Britten and Peter Pears, the 1960 opera is a fantasy about how myth affects the lives of mortal beings. In a production that is updated to current day, Shakespeare’s lovers and fairies roam the dark streets and hidden alleys of the Downtown Los Angeles Garment District.
Oberon and Titania, the king and queen of the fairies, are at war and the earth has turned barren. Will the struggles of four young lovers lost in the woods bring Titania and Oberon together again to reinvigorate the natural order of life? Britten’s masterful music weaves a dreamlike atmosphere, heightening the fantastical elements of the play. This setting of what is perhaps Shakespeare’s bawdiest play is considered one of the most successful adaptations of Shakespeare in the operatic canon.
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Presented by USC Visions and Voices: The Arts and Humanities Initiative. Organized by the USC Thornton School of Music.