A Midsummer Night's Dream - Nevill Holt Opera reviews - Britten Sinfonia

A Midsummer Night’s Dream – Nevill Holt Opera reviews

Reviews from Nevill Holt Opera’s production of Britten’s A Midsummer Night’s Dream in June 2019 featuring Britten Sinfonia, conducted by Nicholas Chalmers.

The Telegraph

"[Nicholas Chalmers] conducts both of this year's [Nevill Holt Opera] offerings - I heard A Midsummer Night's Dream, which he led in robust fashion, drawing lively and affectionate playing from Britten Sinfonia."

The Sunday Times

"A terrific ensemble achievement, and Chalmers’s conducting of the outstanding Britten Sinfonia lent the music a special magic in the warm, woody acoustic."

The Arts Desk

"Deftly conducted by Nicholas Chalmers, Britten Sinfonia (what a luxury as a pit band) use their slim string numbers to bring translucency and a spare, angular beauty to Britten's score."


"Most of the magic on opening night emanated from this pit. Britten Sinfonia, under Nevill Holt Opera’s artistic director Nicholas Chalmers, teased out every icy sul ponticello and slithering glissando in Britten’s brilliantly orchestrated score. The precision of the woodwind and brass playing was superb, resounding with clarity."

Town and Country Magazine

"Musical standards were high in the pit, with Britten Sinfonia directed by Nicholas Chalmers. Impressive were American bass-baritone Lawson Anderson as Bottom, who has a powerful voice and swaggering stage presence, and Daisy Brown's silvery-toned Tytania."

The Stage

"The show can rely on the exceptional musical values maintained by Nevill Holt's artistic director, conductor Nicholas Chalmers, who explores the score with an ear for fine detail as well as, in his overview, luminosity of tone: in the pit Britten Sinfonia is on wonderful form."