Mendelssohn’s bewitching A Midsummer Night’s Dream is performed by the Royal Scottish National Orchestra with the Edinburgh Festival Chorus, narrated by Dame Harriet Walter.
Mendelssohn’s magical A Midsummer Night’s Dream Overture – composed when he was just 17 – is one of classical music’s best-known and most-loved pieces. Decades later, the composer returned to Shakespeare’s land of fairies, villagers and young lovers to compose incidental music for the entire play. Not surprisingly, it went down as one of his most radiant successes.
Seldom performed in its entirety, this is your rare opportunity to discover Mendelssohn’s evocations of Shakespeare’s most magical play – in the company of one of Scotland’s most vibrant musical partnerships.
The Royal Scottish National Orchestra is famed for its brilliant, vivid sense of storytelling in music – giving unforgettable performances in Wagner’s Ring cycle at the International Festival in recent years, as well as a revelatory Mahler Seventh Symphony with Music Director Thomas Søndergård as part of last year’s My Light Shines On online events.
Join Søndergård and his RSNO musicians, together with voices from the Edinburgh Festival Chorus and Chorus Director Aidan Oliver, to explore Mendelssohn’s bewitching musical conjuring of the Bard’s fairies, spells, rude mechanicals and swaggering royals.
Sung in English with supertitles
The Scotsman on RSNO and Thomas Søndergård
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Thomas Søndergård Conductor
Members of the Edinburgh Festival Chorus
Aidan Oliver Chorus Director
Rowan Pierce First Fairy
Kathryn Rudge Second Fairy
Dame Harriet Walter Narrator
Mendelssohn A Midsummer Night’s Dream
Sung in English with supertitles
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