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Brett Dean: Hamlet
Glyndebourne Festival 2017
Brett Dean Hamlet
Allan Clayton Hamlet
Sarah Connolly Gertrude
Barbara Hannigan Ophelia
Rod Gilfry Claudius
Kim Begley Polonius
John Tomlinson Ghost of Old Hamlet
Jacques Imbrailo Horatio
David Butt Philip Laertes
David Hansen Rosencrantz
Christopher Lowrey Guildenstern
London Philharmonic Orchestra
The Glyndebourne Chorus
Vladimir Jurowski conductor
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.
Sung in English with English supertitles.
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