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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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Puck Spoken A mischievous sprite who does the bidding of Oberon to sometimes unintended effect. His cruelty to Helena in front of Oberon sets the play’s events in motion.

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The four lovers awaken, finally happily paired off. It is Theseus and Hippolyta’s wedding day. She and Lysander are fleeing into the forest together at the start of the opera to escape the wrath of her father who kinnd her to marry Demetrius.

Oberon is now angry with Puck and instructs him to sort the couples out. Unlike at the premiere Pears takes the larger part of Lysander.

Snout Tenor A tinker who plays the hilarious role of Wall which he does badly as he’s so nervous. She still loves Demetrius despite this Oberon calls Puck and sends him to find a magical flower. Lysander loves Hermia though she is engaged to his friend Demetrius.

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A friend of Hermia who was previously engaged to Demetrius before he called it off to marry Hermia.

Puck acts without thought for others but acts essentially innocently. Oberon argues with Tytania over a young changeling boy Oberon wants him for a knight whilst Tytania wants to keep him as his mother was one of her servants. Refusing to give the boy up, Tytania leaves.

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Lost and totally exhausted Hermia and Lysander fall asleep in the woods. Demetrius falls asleep the characters in MSND have a real penchant for sleeping Auden, Britten had regularly returned to the subject of dreams and darkness whilst innocence was a subject that preoccupied him throughout his life.

Helena I know a bank where the wild thyme blows Sung by: Demetrius arrives pursued by Helena but angrily dismisses her. On the simplest level it is an evening of sheer enchantment, a traditional fairytale with plenty of comedy.

Helena Soprano A friend of Hermia who was previously engaged to Demetrius before he called it off to marry Hermia.

Be kind and courteous

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 queen of the fairies.

Britten’s MSND has an enormous number of characters by operatic standards and it is also unusual in that so many of them are prominent. With the libretto swiftly assembled, Britten set about writing the score.

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Be kind and courteous | A Midsummer Night’s Dream | Benjamin Britten

Demetrius is engaged to Hermia having been previously engaged to Helena. He does this with a lantern, and is much mocked for it by the Athenians. Don’t worry if it seems like a lot to remember, one of the joys of this opera is just how enjoyable it is even when you’ve lost the plot! The first of Tytania’s four fairy servants. Britten captures these disparate narratives with contrasting sound worlds.

The third of Tytania’s four fairy servants. They fuss over the casting, Bottom’s shenanigans setting off hilarity, but eventually all is settled and they agree to meet later the same night to rehearse.

The tailor who plays the part of moon. MSND is to our minds one of the most underappreciated of all operas. 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.