A Midsummer Night’s Dream: Reflections on Benjamin Britten’s Chamber Opera

Palavras-chave: Shakespeare, Benjamin Britten, Peter Hall, Adaptation, Intermediality.

Resumo

Opera performances, located at the intersection of literature, theater music and the visual arts, tend to fuse specificities of several art forms. This essay reflects on the libretto and score of the chamber opera A Midsummer Night’s Dream (1960), by Benjamin Britten (1913-1976), based on Shakespeare’s homonymous text (1595-1596), and analyses the 1981 operatic adaptation at Glyndebourne, directed by the renowned theatre director and régisseur Peter Hall (1930-2017). The intermedial dialogues among Shakespeare, Britten and Hall will be investigated in the light of theoretical perspectives by Linda and Michael Hutcheon, Claus Clüver, Jorge Coli, Freda Chapple and others.

***Sonho de uma noite de verão: reflexões sobre a ópera de câmara de Benjamin Britten***

Situada na interface da literatura, teatro, música e artes visuais, a performance operística é caracterizada pela fusão de especificidades de diversas formas de arte. Este ensaio reflete sobre o libreto e a partitura de Sonho de uma noite de verão (1960), ópera de câmara de Benjamin Britten (1913-1976), composta a partir do texto homônimo (1595-1596) de Shakespeare, e analisa a adaptação operística de 1981 apresentada em Glyndebourne, dirigida pelo renomado diretor de teatro e régisseur Peter Hall (1930-2017). Os diálogos intermidiáticos entre Shakespeare, Britten e Hall serão investigados à luz de considerações teóricas de Linda e Michael Hutcheon, Claus Clüver, Jorge Coli, Freda Chapple e outros.

Palavras-chave: Shakespeare; Benjamin Britten; Peter Hall; Adaptação;
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Publicado
2020-04-28
Como Citar
Camati, A. S. (2020). A Midsummer Night’s Dream: Reflections on Benjamin Britten’s Chamber Opera. Letras De Hoje, 55(1), e33796. https://doi.org/10.15448/1984-7726.2020.1.33796
Seção
Qual é a amplitude da literatura quando a palavra literária se espalha pelas artes?