Rafael Payare’s Midsummer Night’s Dream

Maison symphonique September 21 and 22, 2022

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A magical forest, twilight mist and mythical creatures are summoned for this unusual concert where the OSM presents Mendelssohn’s A Midsummer Night’s Dream in a staged adaptation alternating music and excerpts from Shakespeare’s play. Completing this concert conducted by Rafael Payare and featuring the OSM Chorus is a masterpiece of French Impressionism: Debussy’s enchanting Nocturnes

Debussy, Nocturnes (25 min.)*
Mendelssohn, A Midsummer Night’s Dream, incidental music, op. 61 (75 min.)
Excerpts from Shakespeare's text in French. Translation by Michelle Allen
*Concerts on September 21 and 22 at 7:30 p.m. only


  • Venue : Maison symphonique
  • Producer / Presenter : Orchestre symphonique de Montréal (OSM)
  • Conductor : Rafael Payare
  • Musicians : Anne-Sophie Neher (soprano), Rose Naggar-Tremblay (contralto) | OSM Chorus : Andrew Megill (Chorusmaster). The chorusmaster chair is generously sponsored by Mrs. Ann Birks, in loving memory of Barrie Drummond Birks.
  • Actors : Samuël Côté (Theseus, Oberon), Sofia Blondin (Hippolyta, Titania), Mattis Savard-Verhoeven (Lysander), Rebecca Vachon (Hermia), Simon Beaulé-Bulman, (Demetrius, Bottom), Valérie Tellos (Helena, Quince)
  • Stage director and dramaturgy : Catherine Vidal | Stage and costume design: Patrice Charbonneau-Brunelle | Lighting design: Chantal Labonté | Assistant, stage and costume design: Marisol Vachon | Dramaturgy: Gerard McBurney
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