Lawrence Zazzo as Oberon – The Wiener Staatsoper is closed, but continues to stream daily online. Last night was A Midsummer Night’s Dream.
The KT Wong Foundation initiated a visit to Cape Town by American counter-tenor Lawrence Zazzo in 2019.
William Shakespeare’s A Midsummer Night’s Dream was the inspiration for works in all genres. Amongst others, Henry Purcell, Ambroise Thomas, Carl Maria von Weber and Felix Mendelssohn Bartholdy wrote widely differing music to A Midsummer Night’s Dream, and visual artists, choreographers and film-makers were also inspired by the complex story. In 1960, with his A Midsummer Night’s Dream Benjamin Britten published one of the best known opera versions: an amusing, light, poetic and psychological masterpiece that is one of his most played works of music theatre. Britten’s A Midsummer Night’s Dream was first heard at the opera house on the Ring in 1962; now, after more than half a century, the opera house is producing the work again.