Emotional Torment, With Impulsive Volatility

By ANTHONY TOMMASINI [NY Times, 18 November 2005]
For all its scenes of dancing fairies, woodland revels and hapless rustic mortals who fancy themselves tragedians, Britten’s “Midsummer Night’s Dream” is a disturbing opera. Britten makes you confront the twisted conflicts that lurk just below the surface of Shakespeare’s fantastical play.