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Sydney Symphony Orchestra

A Midsummer Night’s Dream
with Simone Young

Tonight We Dream

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

In the Concert Hall | Sydney Symphony Orchestra | Classical Music, Theatre


Tonight We Dream

“Are you sure that we are awake?
It seems to me that yet we sleep, we dream…”

With Sydney Symphony Chief Conductor Simone Young at the helm, we enter the Shakespearean dreamscape that inspired this joyful score by Mendelssohn. Composed in 1834 as incidental music to be heard between scenes of the play, it’s now usually performed in the concert hall alongside Shakespeare’s words – a truly charming collaborative celebration of music and theatre.

The Sydney Symphony Orchestra join forces with Belvoir St Theatre and director and adaptor Eamon Flack to perform Mendelssohn’s magical music and scenes from Shakespeare’s enchanting play. Sit back as we travel to mythical Athens, 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

Simone Young conductor
Eamon Flack director and adaptor
Samantha Clarke soprano
Anna Dowsley mezzo-soprano
Cantillation chorus 

Presented by Sydney Symphony Orchestra in collaboration with Belvoir St Theatre

Venue Information

Performances are being sold to 100% capacity in line with the NSW Public Health Order. This includes all shows in the Joan Sutherland Theatre, Studio, Playhouse, Drama Theatre and Utzon Room. Please note that you will be seated directly alongside other ticketholders.

Our foyers will be open 60 minutes pre-show for Joan Sutherland Theatre performances, and two hours pre-show for Western Foyer venue performances. Refreshments will be available for purchase from our theatre bars. Please remember to maintain physical distancing whilst consuming drinks in our foyers.

All Sydney Opera House foyers are pram accessible, with lifts to the main and western foyers. The public lift to all foyers is accessible from the corridor near the escalators on the Lower Concourse and also in the Western Foyer via the corridor on the Ground Level (at the top of the escalators). Pram parking will be available outside the theatres in the Western Foyer consistent with COVID-safe rules.

Transport options

  • We encourage you to use private transport options to minimise crowding on public transport (in line with NSW Government advice).  
  • The Sydney Opera House Car Park, operated by Wilson Parking, is open and available to use. Wilson Parking offer discounted parking if you book ahead. Please see their website for details.
  • Please check the Transport NSW website for the latest advice and information on travel and COVID-19 safety measures. You can catch public transport (bus, train, ferry) to Circular Quay and enjoy a six min walk to the Opera House. 

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