Glyndebourne 2017: Hamlet reviews

Reviews are in for the world premiere production of Brett Dean's new opera Hamlet, which we're performing in at Glyndebourne until Thursday 6 July. 

Read the reviews here: 

★★★★☆ 'This world premiere production rises to the challenge set by Shakespeare’s great play ... Jurowski secures a performance of this unfamiliar, complex score that makes it sound bedded in already, and draws out some fantastic vocal performances too; new opera doesn’t often get to sound this good.' Erica Jeal, The Guardian, 12 June 2017

★★★★★ 'The London Philharmonic, enhanced by electronics and on stunning form under Vladimir Jurowski ... Don't miss it' Richard Morrison, The Times, 13 June 2017

★★★★☆ 'Vladimir Jurowski returns to Glyndebourne to conduct the London Philharmonic Orchestra with his customary laser-like intensity, and the cast is vocally exemplary ... The first-night audience for Brett Dean’s new opera roared its approval' Rupert Christiansen, The Telegraph, 12 June 2017

★★★★☆ 'With Glyndebourne’s returning music director Vladimir Jurowski in the pit, it packed a powerful punch' Cara Chanteau, The Independent, 13 June 2017

★★★★☆ 'Brett Dean’s new opera plumbs the dark recesses of Shakespeare’s play ... with predictably high-class playing from the London Philharmonic Orchestra under Vladimir Jurowski, everything is in place to give Dean’s Hamlet the best possible send-off' Richard Fairman, Financial Times, 12 June 2017

★★★★☆ 'Dean’s endlessly inventive score ... spills out of the pit to all corners of the auditorium, using the excellent Glyndebourne Chorus and equally reliable LPO to fine effect. Vladimir Jurowski steers a confident course through the work' Barry Millington, Evening Standard, 13 June 2017

★★★☆ 'Conductor Vladimir Jurowski maintains firm control over a musical performance in which the London Philharmonic Orchestra and Glyndebourne’s chorus both excel' George Hall, The Stage, 12 July 2017

★★★★☆ 'Dean’s music is virtuosic, varied and has moments of great beauty; Vladimir Jurowski and the London Philharmonic Orchestra apply full power to every moment.' David Karlin,, 12 June 2017

★★★★☆ 'This is an impressive labour of love from all concerned at a level which only Glyndebourne at its best can manage, led with supreme authority by conductor Vladimir Jurowski ... with his magnificent London Philharmonic, and whose presence at every stage of the production can’t be praised too highly. Every composer needs a conductor like this to realise the ideal.' David Nice,, 12 June 2017

★★★★☆ 'Brett Dean has provided Glyndebourne with a hefty dose of proper Shakespeare ... driven by the stunningly assured conducting of Vladimir Jurowski. To hear him at work you'd think it was a repertoire piece. It's always a good sign when you can't wait to re-hear a new opera, and that's very much the case here.' Mark Valencia, What's On Stage, 12 June 2017

★★★★☆ 'Dean’s Hamlet is presented with a brimming confidence that caused a real buzz amongst the first-night audience ... The effect with the music is cumulative, building to a very fine achievement indeed ... Hamlet – to take a quote from the final scene somewhat out of context – is a “palpable hit”.' Nick Breckenfield,, 13 June 2017


Can't make it to Glyndebourne? You can also catch the final performance on Thursday 6 July live in cinemas across the UK and streamed on Glyndebourne's website, where it will remain available to watch for free for a week.

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Find out more about this year's Glyndebourne summer festival here.