American Director Ted Huffman To Stage ‘A Midsummer Night’s Dream’ At Deutsche Oper Berlin

By Dejan Vukosavljevic
(Credit: Deutsche Oper Berlin/Leo Seidel)

American Director Ted Huffman will stage the Benjamin Britten’s “A Midsummer Night’s Dream” at the Deutsche Oper Berlin.

In this production of the masterwork at the largest Berlin’s opera house, Huffman brings a great deal of memories of Provincetown on Cape Cod.

“I think of Provincetown as being akin to the forest in ‘A Midsummer Night’s Dream.’ The woodland is an oasis for the fairy couple, Oberon and Titania, and for lovers in human form, too, just as this place on Cape Cod is a refuge for queers,” Huffman explained in his recent article on the Deutsche Oper Berlin blog.

Huffman has recently staged Händel’s opera “Rinaldo” at the Oper Frankfurt, “Madama Butterfly” at the Opernhaus Zürich, and Venables’ opera “4.48 Psychosis” at the Royal Opera in London, Lyric Theatre Hammersmith, among others. The American director has also staged the world premiere of “Denis and Katya” at the Opera Philadelphia, for which he wrote a libretto.

Set design is by Marsha Ginsberg, while Annemarie Woods is responsible for costumes. This production of “A Midsummer Night’s Dream” at the Deutsche Oper Berlin is a co-production with the Opéra Orchestre National Montpellier Occitanie.

The cast for the opera includes James Hall, Siobhan Stagg, Jacquelyn Stucker, Padraic Rowan, Davia Bouley, Gideon Poppe, Samuel Dale Johnson, Karis Tucker, Jeanine De Bique, James Platt, Timothy Newton, Michael Kim, Andrew Harris, Matthew Peña, and Matthew Cossack.

Markus Kinch, Lola Violetta Haberstock, Selina Isi and Chiara Annabelle Feldmann will play the fairies. Acclaimed Scottish actor Jami Reid-Quarrell will portray the role of Puck.

Donald C. Runnicles, General Music Director of the Deutsche Oper, will conduct Huffman’s production. The premiere is set for January 26 with the run ending on Feb. 22, 2020.