Brandauer makes the elves dance
"It's about love and everything that goes with it: the sex, the birth and the death." Things get hefty in Shakespeare's "A Midsummer Night's Dream." A play that Klaus Maria Brandauer appreciates for its pure humanity: "Why does Shakespeare know us so well - with all our shortcomings?" The eminent actor and reciter is intimately familiar with the English playwright - and also with Felix Mendelssohn Bartholdy, who composed his congenial incidental music for "A Midsummer Night's Dream" when he was only 16. "This is the exact answer to what Shakespeare wrote," Brandauer is certain. Because, "The music has a chance for tremendous outrageousness. " Together with the Mozarteum Orchestra Salzburg under the direction of Shakespeare's compatriot Andrew Manze, Brandauer brings his specially arranged version of the immortal comedy with all its human depths and shallows to the stage.