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A Midsummer Night’s Dream with Simone Young

Tonight We Dream

We join forces with Belvoir St Theatre to perform Mendelssohn’s magical music and scenes from Shakespeare’s enchanting play.

Concert Hall, Sydney Opera House
Concert Hall, Sydney Opera House
*Booking fee of $8.95 may apply


The concert will conclude at approximately 12.30pm and 8.30pm (Friday) and 3.30pm and 8.30pm (Saturday).


Join us for the pre-concert talk 45 minutes before the performances on Friday evening and Saturday in the Northern Foyer, by Yvonne Frindle.

Please note, there will not be a pre-concert talk prior to the Tea & Symphony performance at 11am on Friday August.

Program Book

Behind every great piece is a great story. Have a read through the program book to get all the details.

With Simone Young at the helm, be swept away by Shakespeare’s A Midsummer Night’s Dream and the joyful score by Mendelssohn it inspired.

As we wrap up the celebrations marking our return to the Sydney Opera House, we join forces with Belvoir St Theatre to perform Mendelssohn’s magical music, originally composed in 1843 to be heard between scenes of Shakespeare’s enchanting play.

In this new adaptation by Belvoir’s Artistic Director Eamon Flack, this concert takes us to a different world within the Concert Hall, where the roles of cast and orchestra are reversed and reimagined. Here, the music is brought into the spotlight so that the score can shine, with pared-back costumes, dialogue and staging serving as atmospheric elements that enhance our journey into the music.

Sit back as we travel to a world of fairies, enchanted forests and the famous wedding march that still announces newlyweds as they walk down the aisle today.


MENDELSSOHN A Midsummer Night’s Dream
A collaboration with BELVOIR ST THEATRE


SIMONE YOUNG conductor
EAMON FLACK director and adaptor
HANNAH GOODWIN associate director
LISA MIMMOCCHI costume designer
ANNA DOWSLEY mezzo-soprano
ELIZABETH SCOTT chorusmaster


SARAH MEACHAM Helena & others
ROSE RILEY Hermia & others
JACK SCOTT Demetrius, Bottom & others
BRIGID ZENGENI Titania/Hippolyta & others
TIM WALTER Theseus/Oberon & others
GEORGE ZHAO Lysander, Peter Quince & others


The Sydney Symphony will continue to apply NSW Public Health Orders related to live performance venues. New conditions of entry for all venues and performances may apply.

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