The Midsummer Marriage

7:30 pm on Saturday, November 10, 2012
Jordan Hall (30 Gainsborough Street)
Music + Libretto by Sir Michael Tippett (1905-1998) Premiered: Jan 27, 1955 at London, Royal Opera House Covent Garden Soloists: Julius Ahn, tenor; Sara Heaton, soprano; David Kravitz, baritone; Deborah Selig, soprano; Matthew DiBattista, tenor; Joyce Castle, mezzo-soprano The Midsummer Marriage is a three-act English fantasy inspired by Greek drama, religion, literature, psychology and theatre. The libretto concerns the problems faced by two pairs of lovers: Mark and Jenifer, and Jack and Bella, that must be overcome before they can marry. Tippett draws from elements of The Magic Flute, Shakespeare’s A Midsummer Night’s Dream, Eliot’s The Waste Land, the legend of the Fisher King who guards the Holy Grail, and Jungian ideas of archetypes and the collective unconscious. The themes of rebirth and purification of love before marriage are alluded to throughout. To purchase tickets, contact the Jordan Hall Box Office at 617.585.1260 or visit