A SINGER'S SUITCASE
Elizabeth speaks with Schmopera
Next week, the Glyndebourne Festival opens its 8-show run of Peter Hall's 1981 production of Britten's A Midsummer Night's Dream, revived for the first time in 10 years. We have plenty of love for Britten's operas, and we can't wait for our trip to Lewes to catch Dream, one of our favourites.
So, it was a pleasure to chat with two members of the cast: mezzo-soprano Elizabeth DeShong, singing the role of Hermia, and bass Matthew Rose, who will don the infamous donkey costume as Bottom. The two singers offer up insight on the "magic" of Hall's Dream, the trick to singing beautifully in English, and their definitions of off-stage fun in the countryside.
DeShong returns to Glyndebourne to sing 'Hermia' in Britten's A Midsummer Night's Dream
August 11th - 28th, 2016
Peter Hall’s spellbinding production
Step into a dreamworld where calamitous love potions are used to devastating effect on
a mad midsummer’s night. Spells are cast, flowers come alive and trees whisper and dance as
a huge cast of lovers, fairies and rustics find their worlds colliding with riotous
Britten uses beguiling music in this classic retelling of Shakespeare’s comic masterpiece.
"As a professional opera singer, I spend the majority of each year away from home. With luggage, camera, and scores in hand, I take off to different parts of the world to make music. With this blog, I hope to create a daily reminder that with travel you always take away more than you arrived with, but the most important of these things can't be put in a suitcase." -Elizabeth