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Hamlet [concert version]

Ambroise Thomas (1811 – 1896)

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Opera in five acts
Libretto by Michel Carré and Jules Barbier,
based on a French adaption of Shakespeare's „Hamlet“ by Alexandre Dumas and Paul Meurice
First performed on 9th March 1868 at Salle de la rue Le Peletier
Concertant Premiere at the Deutsche Oper Berlin on 24th June, 2019

In French language with German and English surtitles

3 hrs 15 mins / one interval

Pre-performance lecture (in German): 45 minutes prior to each performance



Yves Abel

Chorus Master

Jeremy Bines


Sebastian Hanusa


Nicolas Testé

The king's ghost

Andrew Harris


Andrew Dickinson


Thomas Lehman


Byung Gil Kim

First grave robber

Philipp Jekal

Second grave robber

Ya-Chung Huang


Diana Damrau

About the performance

“Hamlet” is not just William Shakespeare’s arguably most layered and philosophical tragedy but also known as a play in which all the protagonists end up dead onstage. That “Hamlet” can also be adapted successfully as an opera without the great “To be or not to be” soliloquy was demonstrated by Ambroise Thomas and his two librettists, Michel Carré and Jules Barbier. Their HAMLET is the most successful adaptation of the material to date as well as being one of the most significant French operas of the 1860s. Like the masterpieces turned out by Charles Gounod, it was written in a period of operatic upheaval when a new genre, the “drame lyrique”, was being distilled from elements of the establishmentarian grand opéra and the lighter opéra comique. The new form was through-composed and complex in its musical language but more intimate and lyrical in tone and more strongly focused on the fates of its individual characters. And Thomas’s HAMLET is both of these: at once riveting as a musical drama and, in the musical portrayal of the key roles, poetically nuanced in its probing of emotional detail.

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