Benjamin Britten, The London Symphony Orchestra, The Choirs Of Downside & Emanuel Schools, Britten* ‎– A Midsummer Night's Dream an Opera In Three Acts

London Records ‎– LOG 90148
Reel-To-Reel, 7 ½ ips, ¼", 4-Track Stereo, 7" Cine Reel, Album, 2-reel box set


A Act I 43:36
B Act II 48:05
C Act III 26:10
D Act III (Conclusion) 22:55

Companies, etc.



From the back cover notes: "Written for the opening of the rebuilt Jubilee Hall at The Alderburgh Festival, on June 11th, 1960."

Libretto by Benjamin Britten and Peter Pears, adapted from 'A Midsummer Night's Dream by William Shakespeare.


The Fairies;

Oberon, King of the Fairies - Alfred Deller
Tytania, his queen - Elizabeth Harwood
Puck, a sprite in the service of Oberon - Stephen Terry
Cobweb, a Fairy attendant on Tytania - Richard Dakin
Peaseblossom, a Fairy attendant on Tytania - John Pryer
Mustardseed, a Fairy attendant on Tytania - Ian Wodehouse
Moth, a Fairy attendant on Tytania - Gordon Clark
A Fairy - Eric Alder

The Court;

Theseus, Duke of Athens - John Shirley-Quirk
Hippolyta, the Amazon Queen, betrothed to Theseus - Helen Watts

The Lovers;

Lysander, a rival for the love of Hernia - Peter Pears
Demetrius, a rival for the love of Hernia - Thomas Hemsley
Hernia, in love with Lysander - Josephine Veasey
Hernia, in love with Demetrius - Helen Harper

The Rustics:

Bottom, a weaver (Pyramus in the play) - Owen Brannigan
Quince, a carpenter producer of the play - Norman Lumsden
Flute, a bellows maker (Thisbe in the play) - Kenneth MacDonald
Snug, a joiner (Lion in the play) - David Kelly
Snout, a tinker (Wall in the play) - Robert Tear
Starveling, a tailor (Moonshine in the play) - Keith Raggett