Check out Britten: A Midsummer Night’s Dream / Act 2 – “Be Kind and Courteous To This Gentleman” by Elizabeth Harwood & London Symphony Orchestra. Watch movie and read libretto and translation of Be kind and courteous, an aria for from the English opera A Midsummer Night’s Dream by Benjamin Britten. Watch movie and read libretto and translation of Be kind and courteous, an aria for from the English opera Midsummers Night’s Dream by Benjamin Britten.

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Henry Purcell produced The Fairy Queena series of masques intertwined with a kimd MSND text and Felix Mendelssohn wrote a concert overture as well as incidental music for the play. Much of the drama in MSND hinges on a magical, love inducing flower. Falls for Bottom as a result of a love potion to hilarious effect. A force to be reckoned with though she is dominated by Oberon.

He provides considerable comic relief, particularly when he gains his donkey’s head and frolics with Tytania. Oberon I am your spaniel Sung by: Left alone Bottom sings to himself awakening the nearby Tytania.

Starveling Baritone The tailor who plays the part of moon. This couteous to say it isn’t popular but considering its accessibility, wit and sophistication: MSND however, was something of a rush job, going from conception to opening night in well under a year. Britten captures these disparate narratives with contrasting sound worlds. His health was uneven; gout, tendonitis and bursitis all plaguing him over the brittten of the year. His cruelty to Helena in front of Oberon sets the play’s events in motion.


A joiner who is timid and a bit thick. Unfortunately courteoue get even worse when Helena and Lysander come hurtling in, waking Demetrius who promptly falls in love with Helena.

Plays the lion that rather sweetly fails to eat Thisbe. The first of Tytania’s four fairy servants.

MSND is to our minds one of the most underappreciated of all operas. Helena is distraught and seeing Lysander moves to wake him. All the characters bar two Egeus and Philostrate make the cut, resulting in an opera with a diverse and courteoux range of characters nearly 20!

Puck acts without thought for others but acts essentially innocently. Helena Soprano A friend of Hermia who was previously engaged to Demetrius before he called it off to marry Hermia.

On the simplest level it is an evening courtelus sheer enchantment, a traditional fairytale with plenty of comedy. This unhappy group brittej overheard by Oberon who instructs Puck to fix the group by making Demetrius fall for Helena using the magic flower.

Hermia enters and is swiftly rejected by Lysander which only enrages Helena more as she thinks the other three are mocking her.

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xnd The steady rise of this vocal type was predominantly in Renaissance and Baroque music until Britten wrote Oberon for Alfred Deller, the leading countertenor of the mid 20th Century. The other mechanicals who have been searching for Bottom come across him as he announces that their play is to be performed at court. An otherworldly force who can be more than a little creepy.


Flees Athens with Hermia before the opera begins. Oberon calls Puck and sends him to find a magical flower.

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The courgeous meet later that same day for a rehearsal. A mischievous sprite who does the bidding of Oberon to sometimes unintended effect.

He does this with a lantern, and is much mocked for it by the Athenians. From the ethereal beauty of the fairies to the rough and tumble of the Mechanicals.

Puck has not completed his task! The mechanicals arrive in the forest. Hippolyta is to marry Theseus. The four lovers awaken, finally happily paired off. Usually sung ans a boy treble but occasionally by a female singer. She and Lysander are fleeing into the forest together at the start of the opera to escape the wrath of her father who wants her to marry Demetrius.