A Midsummer Night’s Dream in December

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This week Ivor Bolton will be in Basel performing Mendelssohn’s A Midsummer Night’s Dream
starring the German actress Johanna Wokalek and Beethoven’s
Concerto for Violin op. 61 with Frank Peter Zimmermann.

click here to investigate Feilx Mendelssohn composed the incidental music for William Shakespeare’s play to a commission from King Frederick William IV of Prussia. It was first peformed in October 1843 in Potsdam in a production of Ludwig Tieck.Nowadays the music in its entirety is only rarely performed.
The staging of Katrin Hammerl with the Sinfonieorchester Basel also uses the
text intermezzi by the Austrian author Franzobel.


A Midsummer Night’s Dream

4.12.2019 Theater Basel
6.12.2019 Burghof Lörrach

Sinfonieorchester Basel
Frank Peter Zimmermann, violin
Katja Stuber, soprano
Anne Bierwirth, alto
Johanna Wokalek, speaker
Ladies of the La Cetra Vokalensemble
Kathrin Hammerl, director
Ivor Bolton, conductor

Ludwig van Beethoven – Concerto for Violin and Orchestra in D major, op. 61
Felix Mendelssohn Bartholdy – A Midsummer Night’s Dream, Overture, op. 21 and
incidental music, op. 61, with text intermezzi by Franzobel