Spira mirabilis

Critical acclaim for Spira mirabilis’ ‘A Midsummer Night’s Dream’ alfresco in Northern Italy

25 July 2016

To mark the 400th anniversary of Sir William Shakespeare’s death, Spira mirabilis performed his A Midsummer Night’s Dream alfresco at Arte Sella in northern Italy on 16 July.

This latest project from Spira mirabilis saw the ensemble grow in numbers to incorporate a choir of children and two Italian actors. The musicians performed the incidental music that Mendelssohn wrote for the play and the actors played the different characters between them.

The enchanted outdoor location for this unique and spectacular performance was Arte Sella, an outdoor visual-arts park 3000ft up in the northern Italian mountains near the Austrian and Swiss borders. 

Richard Morrison from the The Times, gave the performance 5 stars and said it was “the most joyous celebration of the Bard I’ve seen all year. … The brilliant Spira Mirabilis marked the 400th anniversary of Shakespeare’s death in a dazzlingly eccentric fashion”.

Further performances of the project also took place at Bassano del Grappa’s Castle on 15 July and Chiesa di San Francesco in Cividale del Friuli on 17 July.