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Hermia Mezzo-soprano Loves Lysander but is betrothed to Demetrius.

A Midsummer Night’s Dream

There is no dominant role with all the characters getting their moment, though Oberon, Tytania and Bottom in particular have plenty of opportunities to shine. This unhappy group is overheard by Oberon who instructs Puck to fix the group by making Demetrius fall for Helena using the magic flower. The third of Tytania’s beitten fairy servants. Unfortunately things kid even worse when Helena and Lysander come hurtling in, waking Demetrius who promptly falls in love with Helena.

Oberon guides the narrative through his servant Puck.


That you have but slumbered here While these visions did appear…. Fun Facts Oberon Today countertenors have more or less joined the lineup alongside Tenors, Baritones and Basses but this is a actually a very recent phenomenon.

On the simplest level it is an evening of sheer enchantment, a traditional fairytale with plenty of comedy. Oberon is elated to find his plan for Tytania has worked so well but his pleasure quickly dissipates when Kin enters chasing Hermia. A joiner who is timid and a bit thick.

Be kind and courteous

A show that rewards repeat viewings whilst still managing to be instantly accessible. Flees Athens with Hermia before the opera begins. She still loves Demetrius despite this Helena I know a bank where the wild thyme blows Sung by: Oberon I am your spaniel Sung by: We leave the woods for Athens. He did so steadily, though he suffered bouts of depression over the winter.

From the ethereal beauty of the fairies to the rough and tumble of the Mechanicals.

The four lovers awaken, finally happily paired off. Flute Tenor A bellow-mender excited by the prospect of acting in a play. Hermia enters and is swiftly rejected by Lysander which only enrages Helena more as she thinks the other three are mocking her.


Oberon calls Puck and sends him to find a magical flower. Britten captures these disparate narratives with contrasting sound worlds. The first appearance of the fairies.

The mechanicals deliver their ludicrous and hilarious Pyramus and Thisbe for the three couples. Mustardseed Treble The second of Tytania’s four fairy servants. Helena is distraught and seeing Lysander moves to wake him. Since writing “On This Island” with W. The juice works its magic and she instantly falls in love with him! Surprise, surprise he awakens and instantly falls in love. Demetrius Baritone Demetrius is engaged to Hermia having been previously engaged to Helena.

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Plays Pyramus in the play within the play. Left alone Bottom sings to himself awakening the nearby Tytania. Puck has not completed his task!