April 25–28: "A Midsummer Night's Dream" by Benjamin Britten

Deep in the forest, Oberon and Tytania, the fairy king and queen, are quarreling. Oberon enlists his henchman Puck to find a magic plant and cast a spell on Tytania. Meanwhile, four Athenian lovers run away to the forest, and they are quickly entwined in Puck’s trickery. 

Join Lamont Opera Theatre and Lamont Symphony Orchestra performers for magic, mischief, romance, and sheer enchantment in Benjamin Britten’s setting of Shakespeare’s classic comedy.

For this new production, Matthew Plenk is the artistic and stage director. Sahar Nouri is the music director and conductor. Scenic design by Matthew S. Crane, with construction by the DU Theater Scene Shop. Costumes are designed by Delcinea Lutes and Myrna Schulte. Lighting design is by Henry Award winner Emily Maddox.

A Midsummer Night's Dream by Benjamin Britten
Thursday, April 25 at 7:30 p.m. - purchase tickets
Friday, April 26 at 7:30 p.m. - purchase tickets
Saturday, April 27 at 7:30 p.m. - purchase tickets
Sunday, April 28 at 2:30 p.m. - purchase tickets

Gates Concert Hall, Newman Center for the Performing Arts
2344 E Iliff Ave
Denver, CO 80208

Adult full price: $20 to $40
Student, seniors, and group sales discount: $16 to $36
Children 14 and under: FREE, 2 per paid adult ticket

April 25  April 26  April 27  April 28

Purchase online at newmantix.com or call 303-871-7720

A graduate of the Metropolitan Opera's Lindemann Young Artist Development Program, tenor Matthew Plenk made his Metropolitan Opera debut in the 2007/2008 season as the Sailor's Voice in Tristan und Isolde under the baton of Maestro James Levine, a role he repeated under the baton of Daniel Barenboim. He has since returned to the Met as Arturo, Janek in The Makropolous Case, the Song Seller in Il Tabarro and Marcellus in Hamlet, and appeared as Arturo in the Met's 2011 tour of Japan. Learn more.

Sahar Nouri serves as Opera Colorado’s chorus master, assistant conductor, and principal coach. She is also on the conducting staff at the San Francisco Conservatory of Music's opera program. Previously, Nouri has been a member of the music staff at Houston Grand Opera, Dallas Opera, Utah Opera, Opera North Carolina, Glimmerglass Festival, Opera in the Heights, Aspen Opera Theatre, Opera Steamboat and Merola Opera. Learn more

About Lamont Opera Theatre

Lamont Opera Theatre presents fully staged operas, musicals, cabarets and concert performances. Students and theatre professionals collaborate on the set design, costuming, make-up, set construction and social media marketing. Often these productions include technical and design expertise from the DU Department of Theatre.

University of Denver students interested in auditioning should email the ensemble director, Professor Matthew Plenk.


View All Past Lamont Opera Productions


  • The Little Prince

    Rachel Portman's The Little Prince. Lauren Lestage as The Rose and Rachel Regalado as The Little Prince.

  • l’Opéra enchanté

    Matthew Plenk directed l’Opéra enchanté, pairing Ravel’s L'enfant et les sortilèges, conducted by Lawrence Golan, with Poulenc’s Les Mamelles de Tirésias, conducted by Sahar Nouri.

  • Puccini's Il trittico

    Puccini's Il trittico. Victoria Minton as Giorgetta and Tony London as Michele.

  • The Marriage of Figaro

    Mozart's The Marriage of Figaro.

  • Die Fledermaus

    Strauss's Die Fledermaus. Christiana McMullen as Adele and Caren Rico as Rosalinde.

  • Guys & Dolls

    Frank Loesser's Guys & Dolls.  Jared Giammanco as Sky Masterson and members of the cast.