"A Midsummer Night's Dream"

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In a Nutshell

Humans, fairies, and humanoid donkeys intertwine in an operatic adaptation of the Shakespearean fantasy about romance in the woods

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Expiration varies. Limit 8/person. Valid only for option purchased. Redeem at Hawaii Opera Theatre box office by 2/9 for a ticket. Refundable only on day of purchase. Must purchase together to sit together. Discount reflects merchant's current ticket prices, which may change. ADA seating cannot be guaranteed. Contact box office prior to purchase for availability. Ticket value includes all fees. Merchant is solely responsible to purchasers for the care and quality of the advertised goods and services.

The Deal

  • $35 for one ticket for seating in section C (up to $63 value)
  • When: Friday, February 12, at 8 p.m. or Tuesday, February 16, at 7 p.m.
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Customers may redeem their vouchers for tickets in advance at Hawaii Opera Theatre until 2/9. After that, redeem vouchers up to 1-hour before showtime at Blaisdell Concert Hall.

A Midsummer Night’s Dream

Lord, what fools these mortals be!

Perhaps Shakespeare’s most popular comedy, A Midsummer Night’s Dream exists in two worlds: one like a dream, the other filled with dreamers. The former is the world of the faeries, and it’s that world in which we spend most of our time. The other world belongs to the play’s central quartet of lovers, who hightail it out of Athens and into the forest, unwittingly entering a place that’s every bit as heady, heightened, and dizzying as the blush of a budding romance or the pangs of unrequited love. For under its magical canopies, the woods harbors meddling sprites, a misapplied love potion or two, and one poor fool with the head of an ass.

As an opera, A Midsummer Night’s Dream’s two worlds also operate on two levels. First, there’s the giddy enchantment of magic and music: nearly 20 characters flood the audience’s mind while contrasting soundscapes pay homage to everything from Schoenberg to the Baroque period. Second is the more cerebral interpretation from writer Benjamin Britten—a psychological bouquet of madness, jealousy, darkness, and light. But it’s not really shocking that Britten chose the faerie realm in which to explore these ideas; his other works, such as his Church Parables and collaborations with poet W.H. Auden, demonstrate the composer’s preoccupation with themes such as innocence and dream.

Hawaii Opera Theatre

Hawaii Opera Theatre was established in 1960, but the islands' connection to opera dates back nearly a century earlier. In the 1850s, Queen Emma was said to have sung Verdi, while her husband King Kamehameha IV acted as a stage manager. More recently, Queen Liliuokalani may have composed an opera herself. Today, the nonprofit Hawaii Opera Theatre continues this rich musical tradition as the only professional opera company on the islands. Its productions—which have included La Bohéme, Romeo & Juliet, and Aida—feature local singers alongside international stars who have performed at major opera houses and in front of their own framed portraits of Pavarotti.

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