Check out Britten: A Midsummer Night’s Dream / Act 2 – “Be Kind and Courteous To This Gentleman” by Elizabeth Harwood & London Symphony Orchestra. Watch movie and read libretto and translation of Be kind and courteous, an aria for from the English opera A Midsummer Night’s Dream by Benjamin Britten. Watch movie and read libretto and translation of Be kind and courteous, an aria for from the English opera Midsummers Night’s Dream by Benjamin Britten.
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This was a startling innovation for 20th Century opera, leading men were generally tenors, and Britten would go on to write one further significant countertenor role, The voice of Apollo in Death in Venice. The first of Tytania’s four fairy servants. Plays Pyramus in the play within the play.
Be kind and courteous
The Lion roars to courreous polka and Thisbe kills herself to a Victorian ballad. The fourth of Tytania’s four fairy servants. The mechanicals deliver their ludicrous and hilarious Pyramus and Thisbe for the three couples. Demetrius falls asleep the characters in MSND have a real penchant for sleeping Flute Tenor A bellow-mender excited by the prospect of acting in a play.
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This unhappy group is overheard by Oberon who instructs Puck to fix the group by making Demetrius fall for Helena using the magic flower. It is Theseus and Hippolyta’s wedding day. A bellow-mender excited by the prospect of acting in a play. The Duke of Athens the chap who slayed the minotaur in Greek legend.
A Midsummer Night’s Dream
brritten His health was uneven; gout, tendonitis and bursitis all plaguing him over the course of the year. Flees Athens with Hermia before the opera an. 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. A mischievous sprite who does the bidding of Oberon to sometimes unintended effect. Hermia Mezzo-soprano Loves Lysander but is betrothed to Demetrius.
The juice works its magic and she instantly falls in love with him!
If we shadows have offended, Think but this, and all is mended: Helena runs off thinking Lysander is making fun of her, Lysander chases after and Hermia awakens to find herself all alone. Oberon is elated to find his plan for Tytania has worked so well but his pleasure quickly dissipates when Demetrius enters chasing Hermia.
Oberon guides the narrative through his servant Puck. Puck then leads the four away through the woods, applying the needed juice and antidote to them as they fall asleep.
All the characters bar two Egeus and Philostrate make the cut, nritten in an opera with a diverse and lively range of characters nearly 20! A friend of Hermia who was previously engaged to Demetrius before he called it off to marry Hermia. Puck Spoken A mischievous sprite who does the bidding of Oberon to sometimes unintended effect. Tytania Soprano The queen of the fairies.
Oberon argues with Tytania over a young changeling boy Oberon wants him for a knight whilst Tytania wants to keep him as his mother andd one of her servants. From the ethereal beauty of the fairies to the rough and tumble of the Mechanicals.
The queen of the Amazons.
Lysander loves Hermia though she is engaged to his friend Demetrius. That you have but slumbered here While these visions did appear…. The mechanicals arrive in the forest.
Oberon is now angry with Puck and instructs him to sort the couples out. Snout Tenor A tinker who plays the hilarious role of Wall which he does badly as he’s so nervous. The king of the fairies. It is nearly dawn. Puck appears and thinking he has found Demetrius sprinkles the juice on Lysander. With the libretto swiftly assembled, Britten set about writing the score. Bottom awakens with his head returned to normal, he thinks it has only been a dream but a very strange dream at that.
Hippolyta is to marry Theseus. Hippolyta Contralto The queen of the Amazons.
Oberon Injurious Hermia Sung by: Usually sung by a boy treble but occasionally by a female singer. Demetrius Baritone Demetrius is engaged to Hermia having been previously engaged to Helena.