Seoul Arts Center 11 April 2024 - A Midsummer Night's Dream |

A Midsummer Night's Dream

Seoul Arts Center, Seoul, South Korea
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Thursday 11 April 2024

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Important Info
Type: Opera
City: Seoul, South Korea
Starts at: 19:30

The opera “A Midsummer Night’s Dream” is a beloved play by Shakespeare, a British playwright loved all over the world, and was reborn as an opera by Benjamin Britten, the greatest British opera composer of the 20th century. It premiered at the Aldeburgh Festival in England in 1960 and is an English opera that is difficult to see in Korea. It is expected that a unique atmosphere will be created as a German director and composer will meticulously present a British work. Felix Krieger, a versatile conductor who digests a wide range of opera repertoires, leads the music of A Midsummer Night's Dream, and director Wolfgang Negele, who is creating his own directing world, presents realistic and contemporary characters rather than mythological characters. , marriage, freedom, etc. will be asked to the audience.​

Obern, the king of the fairies, sends the fairy Puck on an errand for the love flower in order to connect two young couples. The love flower contained the magic of falling in love with the person you saw immediately after opening your eyes. However, due to a fairy's mistake, the wrong people fall in love. At this time, preparations for a play are in full swing in the village. Seeing this, Puck turns Bottom's head into a donkey as a joke and applies a love flower to Obern's wife, Titania. As a result, she falls in love with Bottom, who has the head of a donkey. Due to the sudden change in attitude, a fight begins between the young lovers and the fight spreads to Titania and Bottom. As everyone falls asleep, exhausted from the fight, Puck returns them to their original state. Those who wake up think it was all a midsummer night's dream. 

Premiere of this production: 11 June 1960, Aldeburgh Festival

A Midsummer Night's Dream is an opera with music by Benjamin Britten and set to a libretto adapted by the composer and Peter Pears from William Shakespeare's play, A Midsummer Night's Dream. Stylistically, the work is typical of Britten, with a highly individual sound-world – not strikingly dissonant or atonal, but replete with subtly atmospheric harmonies and tone painting.

Venue Info

Seoul Arts Center - Seoul
Location   2406 Nambusunhwan-ro, Seocho-gu

The Seoul Arts Center is an arts complex in the Seocho-gu district of Seoul, in South Korea. It consists of five main buildings: the Opera House, with three auditoriums; the Music Hall, with two concert halls; the Hangaram Art Museum; the Hangaram Design Museum; and the Seoul Calligraphy Art Museum. The Opera House is built in a shape that resembles the traditional Korean bamboo hat called gat.

In January 1982, the government decided to build a Seoul Arts Center, which would be in charge of the overall function of artistic activities, and began to select a site. This announcement was aimed at the 1986 Asian Games and the 1988 Seoul Olympics. The final site was decided in September of the same year at the foot of the mountain between Nambu Beltway and Mt. Umyeon (area: 231,000m²), and on November 14 , 1984, a groundbreaking ceremony was held with the National Gugak Center.

The construction of the Seoul Arts Center was divided into Phase 1 (1984 ~ 1988) and Phase 2 (1988 ~ In February 1988, the first phase of construction, the Music Hall and Calligraphy Hall, was completed and opened. In October 1990, the Hangaram Art Museum and the Seoul Art Archives opened, and on February 15 , 1993 , the Seoul Opera Theater (currently the Opera House) opened and was completed.

Music hall
It opened in 1988, the first among the buildings belonging to the hall, and has a 2523-seat concert hall, the first concert hall in Korea, and a 354-seat recital hall where small-scale performances such as recitals and chamber music are held. It is adjacent to the right side of the Opera House and opposite the Seoul Calligraphy Museum.

Opera House
It is a cylindrical building with a roof in the shape of a lampshade. At the time of its design and construction, it was called "Festival Theater", but when it opened in 1993, the official name of Seoul Opera Theater (Opera House) was changed. The 2,305-seat Opera Theater for large-scale opera, ballet, and musical performances, the 710-seat Towol Theater for plays, small-scale musicals and operas, and a 300-600-seat flexible small theater for small experimental performances are located. It forms the central axis of the entire Seoul Arts Center.

Important Info
Type: Opera
City: Seoul, South Korea
Starts at: 19:30
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