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Hamlet

Brett Dean
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Opera
2h 43 min
English
FULL HD
English
Production

The world premiere recording of Brett Dean’s new opera based on Shakespeare’s best-known tragedy: To be, or not to be. This is Hamlet’s dilemma, and the essence of Shakespeare’s most famous and arguably greatest work, given new life in operatic form in this original Glyndebourne commission. Thoughts of murder and revenge drive Hamlet when he learns that it was his uncle Claudius who killed his father, the King of Denmark, then seized his father’s crown and wife.

 

But Hamlet’s vengeance vies with the question: is suicide a morally valid deed in an unbearably painful world? Dean’s colourful, energetic, witty and richly lyrical music expertly captures the modernity of Shakespeare’s timeless tale, while also exploiting the traditional operatic elements of arias, ensembles and choruses. Matthew Jocelyn’s inspired libretto is pure Shakespeare, adhering to the Bard’s narrative thread but abridging, reconfiguring and interweaving it into motifs that highlight the main dramatic themes: death, madness, the impossibility of certainty and the complexities of action.

 

With the collaboration of Naxos

London Philharmonic Orchestra

The Glyndebourne Chorus

 

Artistic team


Conductor | Vladimir Jurowski

Stage director | Neil Armfield

 

Cast


Hamlet | Allan Clayton

Gertrude | Sarah Connolly

Ophelia | Barbara Hannigan

Claudius | Rod Gilfry

Polonius | Kim Begley

Ghost of Old Hamlet | John Tomlinson

Horatio | Jacques Imbrailo

Laertes | David Butt Philip

Rosencrantz | Rupert Enticknap

Guildenstern | Christopher Lowrey

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