The 2007 production came from Pacific Northwest Ballet, a primordial forest of giant flora and fauna. The Ballet had intended to use it again, but a late change in the PNB schedule made it unavailable, so we have the La Scala production, with its misty-Milan backdrops and sometimes muddy color palette. Nothing misty or muddy, however, about the Boston Ballet Orchestra under Jonathan McPhee.

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SECOND WEEKEND UPDATE

Misa Kuranaga and Joseph Gatti were a dream couple in the Divertissement Saturday evening, dissolving into each other so completely, it was like watching liquid dance. All that was missing was the longer line that a bigger couple can sustain, and perhaps the self-awareness and individuality that Larissa Ponomarenko and James Whiteside brought to their performance. I didn’t sense quite that same connection between Lia Cirio and Lasha Khozashvili; yet, watching them again Sunday, I thought they were better than they’d been opening night. Paulo Arrais’s Puck was polymorphously perverse, more fey than either Jeffrey Cirio’s or Isaac Akiba’s; he could have filled a bigger concept of the role. The four lovers just got funnier and funnier, particularly Saturday evening, when Sabi Varga as Lysander joined Erica Cornejo, Yury Yanowsky, and Kathleen Breen Combes. Kudos, too, to the sextet of singers headed by Michelle Trainor and Tania Mandzy; they made their own magic out of Mendelssohn’s score

A MIDSUMMER NIGHT’S DREAM
CHOREOGRAPHY BY GEORGE BALANCHINE | MUSIC BY FELIX MENDELSSOHN | STAGING BY SANDRA JENNINGS | SET AND COSTUME DESIGN BY LUISA SPINATELLI | LIGHTING BY MARK STANLEY | WITH THE BOSTON BALLET ORCHESTRA CONDUCTED BY JONATHAN McPHEE | PRESENTED BY BOSTON BALLET AT THE OPERA HOUSE THROUGH APRIL 17.

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