Antonello Manacorda conducts Mendelssohn's A Midsummer Night's Dream

Antonello Manacorda conducts Mendelssohn's A Midsummer Night's Dream

Neues Palais, Potsdam

120 Min

Mendelssohn composed his famous A Midsummer Night's Dream Overture in his teens but was able to incorporate it 16 years later into incidental music written to accompany Shakespeare's fantastical play (including what's probably his best known piece, the rousing Wedding March). The incidental music was composed to a commission from King Frederick Wilhelm IV of Prussia, and in this special performance it is presented in theatre of the New Palace in Potsdam, the exact location of its premiere in October 1843. Joining the Kammerakademie Potsdam and conductor Antonello Manacorda are soloists Jeanine de Bique and Christiane Karg, who also performs Berlioz’s exquisite Les nuits d’été, composed just a couple of years before Mendelssohn's work.

Soloists
Jeanine de Bique (Soprano), Christiane Karg (Soprano)
Ensembles
Kammerakademie Potsdam, NDR Vokalensemble
Conductor
Antonello Manacorda