James Conlon to Conduct MetOpera's A MIDSUMMER NIGHT'S DREAM, Begin. 10/11
Conductor James Conlon returns to the Metropolitan Opera to lead a revival of Benjamin Britten's A Midsummer Night's Dream in commemoration of the 2013 Britten centenary, with six performances beginning Friday, October 11, 2013 at 7:30 p.m. The 1996 production by Tim Albery returns to the Met after ten years, and features a cast that includes Kathleen Kim as Tytania, Erin Wall as Helena, Elizabeth DeShong as Hermia, Iestyn Davis as Oberon, Joseph Kaiser as Lysander, Michael Todd Simpson as Demetrius, Matthew Rose as Bottom, and Riley Costello as Puck.
Additional performances take place Tuesday, October 15 at 7:30 p.m.; Saturday, October 19 at 1:00 p.m.; Wednesday, October 23 at 7:30 p.m.; Saturday, October 26 at 8:00 p.m.; and Thursday, October 31 at 7:30 p.m. Tickets, priced from $25 to $430, are available in person at the box office, by phone at (212) 362-6000, or online at metoperafamily.org.
The Met performances are part of Mr. Conlon's three-year homage to the composer, which encompasses opera, orchestral, and choral works performed throughout the U.S. and Europe. For the cycle he has programmed the operas Albert Herring, Billy Budd, A Midsummer Night's Dream, Noye's Fludde, Rape of Lucretia, and The Turn of the Screw; the three church parables The Burning Fiery Furnace, Curlew River, and The Prodigal Son; choral and orchestral works including Cantata misericordium, Serenade for Tenor, Horn and Strings, War Requiem, and the Violin Concerto among others. In Los Angeles this season, he is spearheading Britten 100/LA: A Celebration, a year-long city-wide festival that features performances, conferences, and exhibitions centered on Britten and his legacy. The festival culminates in spring 2014 with LA Opera's production of Billy Budd, staged by Francesca Zambello and conducted by Mr. Conlon.