San Francisco Ballet in Balanchine's A Midsummer Night's Dream




Enter Shakespeare’s enchanted forest of whimsy, mistaken identity, and jest—where fairies rule and love (eventually) reigns supreme. This Shakespearean favorite returns triumphantly to our season after its 2020 run was sadly cut short. Created in 1962 to music by Felix Mendelssohn, A Midsummer Night’s Dream was George Balanchine’s first original full-length ballet and quickly hailed as a masterpiece—think adventures and misadventures, mischief and magic, woodland creatures and fairyland foibles. Beautiful costume and set designs by Martin Pakledinaz and radiant, magical choreography make this ballet a delight for all ages. 

“[A Midsummer Night's Dream] is charming, good fun, delightful escapism . . . a dazzling romp.” – DanceTabs

“Beautifully filmed and danced, [A Midsummer Night's Dream] was just the tonic for a cold, grey, snowy winter day.” – SeeingDance

*Note: A Midsummer Night’s Dream will be an archival capture.

Jan 21 – Feb 10, 2021

Composer: Felix Mendelssohn
Choreographer: George Balanchine

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Explore the adventures and misadventures at the heart of this story ballet.

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A Midsummer Night's Dream Casting

Composer: Felix Mendelssohn
Choreographer: George Balanchine
Conductor: Martin West
Chorus: Volti
Singers: Gabrielle Haigh, Alice Del Simone

Titania: Sasha De Sola
Oberon: Esteban Hernandez
Puck: Cavan Conley

Helena, in love with Demetrius: Sarah Van Patten
Hermia, in love with Lysander: Elizabeth Powell
Lysander, beloved of Hermia: Myles Thatcher
Demetrius, suitor of Hermia: Luke Ingham
Hippolyta, Queen of the Amazons: Sasha Mukhamedov
Theseus, Duke of Athens: Tiit Helimets

Lead Butterfly: Julia Rowe
Titania’s Cavalier: Vladislav Kozlov
Bottom: Lucas Erni

Divertissement: Frances Chung, Ulrik Birkkjaer

Music Director and Principal Conductor

Martin West

Guest Conductor

Ming Luke

Violin I

Cordula Merks, Concertmaster
Heeguen Song, Associate Concertmaster
Beni Shinohara, Assistant Concertmaster
Robin Hansen
Brian Lee
Mariya Borozina
Maya Cohon*
George Hayes*
Julie Kim*

Violin II

Ani Bukujian, Principal
Craig Reiss, Associate Principal
Jeanelle Meyer, Assistant Principal
Laura Keller
Jeremy Preston
Rebecca Jackson*
Karen Shinozaki Sor*
Emma Votapek*


Anna Kruger, Acting Principal
Joy Fellows, Associate Principal
Caroline Lee, Assistant Principal
Paul Ehrlich
Elizabeth Prior*
Katherine Johnk*


Jonah Kim, Acting Principal
Thalia Moore, Associate Principal
Mark Votapek, Assistant Principal*
Eric Gaenslen*
Miriam Perkoff*


Jonathan Lancelle, Principal
Shinji Eshima, Associate Principal
Mark Wallace, Assistant Principal **
Michael Minor**


Barbara Chaffe, Principal
Julie McKenzie


Laura Griffiths, Principal
Marilyn Coyne


Andrew O’Donnell, Principal
Matthew Boyles*


Rufus Olivier, Principal
Patrick Johnson-Whitty


Kevin Rivard, Principal
Keith Green
Brian McCarty, Associate Principal


Adam Luftman, Principal
Joseph Brown
Scott Macomber*


Matthew Cox, Principal
Gabe Cruz*

Bass Trombone

David Ridge, Acting Principal*


Peter Wahrhaftig, Principal


John Burgardt, Principal*


David Rosenthal, Principal
Tyler Mack*


Sophie Baird Daniel, Acting Principal*

Orchestra Personnel Manager and Music Administrator

Tracy Davis

Music Librarian

Matthew Naughtin

**Season Substitute
*Extra player
*Denotes role debut in current production
‡Denotes role debut at San Francisco Ballet
†Denotes debut in current production
◊Denotes a dancer who is no longer part of the Company

Staged by: Sandra Jennings
Additional Coaching by: Helgi Tomasson
Scenic & Costume Design: Martin Pakledinaz
Lighting Design: Randall G. Chiarelli
Directed for the Screen by: Frank Zamacona

World Premiere: January 17, 1962—New York City Ballet, City Center of Music and Drama; New York, New York

San Francisco Ballet Premiere: March 12, 1985—War Memorial Opera House; San Francisco, California

© The George Balanchine Trust

This presentation of A Midsummer Night’s Dream is made possible by Lead Sponsors Dr. Sunnie Evers, Thomas E. Horn, Marie and Barry Lipman, Mr. James D. Marver, Christine Russell and Mark Schlesinger, Judy C. Swanson, and Diane B. Wilsey; Major Sponsors Kathleen Scutchfield, and Jennifer and Steven Walske; and Sponsors John G. Capo and Orlando Diaz-Azcuy, Ms. Laura Clifford, Drs. Richard D. and Patricia Gibbs, Dr. Jane Gitschier, and Mr. and Mrs. Norman C. Pease.

Music: A Midsummer Night’s Dream Overture, Op. 21; selections from A Midsummer Night’s Dream Incidental Music, Op. 61; Overture to Athalie, Op. 74; The Fair Melusine Overture, Op. 32; Overture to The First Walpurgis Night, Op. 60; Allegro and Andante from Symphony No. 9 for Strings; Son and Stranger Overture, Op. 89. This performance of A Midsummer Night’s Dream, a Balanchine© Ballet, is presented by arrangement with the George Balanchine Trust and has been produced in accordance with the Balanchine Style© and Balanchine Technique© service standards established and provided by the Trust. Scenery, Properties, and Costumes Courtesy of PACIFIC NORTHWEST BALLET, Peter Boal, Artistic Director.