The Midsummer Marriage is an opera in three acts, with music and libretto by Michael Tippett. The work's first performance was at Covent Garden, 27 January 1955, conducted by John Pritchard. The reception of the opera was controversial, over perceived confusion as to the libretto and Tippett's use of symbols and psychological references. Nonetheless the opera has received at least ten more productions, including two further productions at the Royal Opera, in England, Wales, Scotland, Germany, Sweden and the United States.
The premiere performance was recorded, and has been issued on compact disc. Covent Garden first revived the work in 1968 conducted by Colin Davis with the Ritual Dances choreographed by Gillian Lynne and in 1970, where the production formed the basis of the first commercial recording. Tippett extracted the Four Ritual Dances from the opera as a separate concert work.
Performances & Interviews
- Tippett: The Midsummer Marriagehttps://ichef.bbci.co.uk/images/ic/240x135/p01vxm5k.jpghttps://ichef.bbci.co.uk/images/ic/240x135/p01vxm5k.jpg2013-08-16T19:02:00.000ZLouise Fryer talks to writer Oliver Soden, composer Michael Berkeley and pianist Paul Webster about Tippett's The Midsummer Marriage.https://www.bbc.co.uk/music/audiovideo/popular/b038cbpk
Tippett: The Midsummer MarriageLouise Fryer talks to writer Oliver Soden, composer Michael Berkeley and pianist Paul Webster about Tippett's The Midsummer Marriage.