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HOT 'Dream' in Honolulu

JAMES SOHRE reviews a Britten rarity

 

In a world opera schedule packed with safe bread-and-butter warhorses, Hawaii Opera Theatre (HOT) gambled on a Britten rarity and came up smelling as sweet as a tuberose lei.

Director Henry G Akina has skillfully crafted an unfussy, straight forward, tightly organized production of A Midsummer Night's Dream that offered few surprises but ample delights. Mr Akina's clarity of story-telling is a welcome asset, and he moves his performers around like the seasoned pro he is, with utmost clarity of purpose.

Mortals, gods and rude mechanicals alike are well-characterized here, not only as definitive, identifiable groups, but also as highly individualized components in the story...

Copyright © 24 February 2016 James Sohre,
Nevada USA

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A MIDSUMMER NIGHT'S DREAM

BENJAMIN BRITTEN

PETER PEARS

SHAKESPEARE

UNITED STATES OF AMERICA

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