Impressions from Benjamin Britten’s “A Midsummer Night’s Dream” show in Essen

It use to happen to attend the events where  soprano Kejti Karaj participates.  Me myself being a PhD student at Folkwang Universität der Künste in Essen, Germany i use to attend the cultural events of this University. This time it was in the repertoire of Benjamin Briten’s comic opera University called “A Midsummer Night’s Dream” libretto written by its own composer and Peter Pears of comedy motifs of the same name by renowned writer William Shakespeare first seen on 11.06.1960 in Aldeburg.

I was so much impressed of how operas are prepared by students and professors together, of how they choose operas, how simple the stage is, how the costumes of all the participants are simple, all students of all directions of this University participate, but the more engagement and study of roles the students who perform in these performances receive. I really like you a lot and say why we in Kosovo (that in Albania I do not know what the situation is) do not have the opportunity to offer this satisfaction to our students.

As far as I have seen there is not so much expense in the screenwriter or costume designer being presented, the room is not so big except that it has the proper stage for this kind of performance. And I can say that the commitment of the staff of this University makes these performances more successful. It seems to me that we are missing in Kosovo, I know the conditions are technically lacking, but with the greater commitment of the professors something could have been done.


The opera and the artists who played this opera I liked very much, some I just followed during their student activity. Kejti Karaj excelled in her role in the role of Helena, and to show that she is not by chance at this University, she has managed to be just one of the best of this generation thanks to her talent and hard work she is doing. studies at this University. It was a pleasure to hear the orchestra and our first violinist was Bardh Lepaj, and indeed this orchestra did a great job in this opera (the opera lasted 3 hours with a 20 minute break). I wish that these two of our artists would reach the top  and be present on the world stage, and I wish that we would begin any activity of this kind in our Art Faculties. When there is a wish and will everything can be achieved.


Arsim Kelmendi

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