In 1809 – the year of Felix Mendelssohn’s birth – the British poet Lord Byron visited Sintra. Impressed by the spririt of the place, he wrote:
«Lo! Cintra’s glorious Eden intervenes/In variegated maze of mount and glen./-Ah me! What hand can pencil guide, or pen,/To follow half on which the eye dilates,/Trough views more dazzling unto mortal ken/Than those whereof such things the bard relates,/Who to the awe-struck world unlocked Elysium’s gates?».
Lord Byron (1788-1824)
More than 200 years later, Sintra still preserves the aura of an enchanted forest that could easily be imagined as inhabited by elphs and fairies…
Therefore, Midnight Summer Dream – inspired by Shakespeare’s homonymous play – fits perfectly within the soul of the place Byron once described. In a presumably magical concert, this piece by Felix Mendelssohn will be performed by the Gulbenkian Choir and Orchestra. And there would no better hall to welcome it, than the theatre whose name evoques the Marquise of Cadaval – the beneficent fairy who protected and cherished the Music in Sintra for decades.