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Prospect Recommends: The best opera this month

Awe-inspiring music around the country

By Neil Norman   August 2016

A Midsummer Night’s Dream Glyndebourne Festival, 11th to 28th August 

Peter Hall’s 1981 production of Benjamin Britten’s opera was  spellbinding. Clearly built to last, it has weathered the caprices of subsequent interpretations, including Christopher Alden’s despised “paedophile” version in 2011, to emerge as a landmark opera production. Sensitive to Britten’s gorgeous score that folds with ease mysterious musings into yearning romanticism and robust humour, Hall turned the forest into an Elizabethan fantasia, complete with “living” trees, luxuriantly spangled fairies and a flying…

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