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BBC Proms 2024: A Midsummer Night's Dream

Garsington Opera at the BBC Proms 2024: Britten’s A Midsummer Night’s Dream with the Philharmonia Orchestra and Douglas Boyd

Garsington Opera makes its debut at the BBC Proms this summer, bringing its production of Britten’s A Midsummer Night’s Dream to the Royal Albert Hall on Tuesday 10 September in a semi-staged version.

A British cast featuring some of the most exciting young singers of today, and including former members of Garsington Opera’s Alvarez Young Artists programme, joins Iestyn Davies, Lucy Crowe and Richard Burkhard on stage with the Philharmonia conducted by Garsington’s Artistic Director Douglas Boyd.

The fairies will be played by children from the Garsington Opera Youth Company, sourced from 19 different local schools and working with GO Participate (our Learning and Participation programme). Many of these children have never performed on stage before and are beginning their journey into opera with workshops before joining the adult cast and creative team in rehearsals. We are delighted that the culmination of their experience will be to appear at the Royal Albert Hall as part of the world’s greatest classical music festival.

This semi-staging is by Rebecca Meltzer based on the 2024 Garsington Opera production directed and designed by Netia Jones. The full cast and creative team can be found on our A Midsummer Night’s Dream page

Nicky Creed, Chief Executive Officer of Garsington Opera, said: “We are thrilled to be making our debut at the BBC Proms this year and to be showcasing Garsington Opera’s artistic achievements to such a wide audience, at the Royal Albert Hall and on BBC Radio 3. This performance marks the latest milestone in our continuing relationship with the Philharmonia, one of our resident orchestras, which was also our partner for the fully-staged production of Rusalka at the Edinburgh International Festival in 2022.

Tickets for the BBC Proms will be available from Saturday 18 May 2024 via the BBC Proms.