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Metropolitan Opera: Britten’s A Midsummer Night’s Dream

Airs Saturday, December 21 at 12 noon. The 2013-14 Metropolitan Opera Radio Broadcast season continues with Benjamin Britten’s A Midsummer Night’s Dream heard in its season premiere performance from October 11.  James Conlon leads his first Met performances of this opera, based on the Shakespeare play. The revival, commemorating the centennial of Britten’s birth, stars Kathleen Kim and Iestyn Davies as Tytania and Oberon, the sparring king and queen of the fairies. The four Athenian lovers are sung by Erin Wall as Helena, Elizabeth DeShong as Hermia, Joseph Kaiser as Lysander, and Michael Todd Simpson as Demetrius. The sextet of “rude mechanicals” whose amateur theater troupe becomes entangled with the other characters is led by Matthew Rose as the weaver Bottom. Actor Riley Costello plays the speaking role of the mischievous Puck. A Midsummer Night’s Dream will be heard over the Toll Brothers-Metropolitan Opera International Radio Network at 12:00 p.m. CT on Saturday, December 21.