The famous story of Hamlet and Ophélie is played out between the opposite poles of real and feigned madness, love and revenge. After the murder of his father, Hamlet opposes the marriage of his mother and his uncle, at the expense of his beloved and himself.
When Ambroise Thomas chose Shakespeare’s Hamlet as the subject of his new opera, France had been under the spell of the English bard for many years, and Ophélie had inspired many romantic artists. The librettists, Carré and Barbier, distilled a straightforward story from Shakespeare’s abundant characters and situations, which, although it was clearly far removed from the original, inspired Thomas to write a coherent score that demonstrated his mastery of musical atmosphere.
After their unanimously acclaimed Les Huguenots in 2011, Marc Minkowski and Olivier Py are continuing their highly personal exploration of the 19th-century French Grand Opéra repertoire.
CastVincent Le Texier | Sylvie Brunet-Grupposo | Stéphane Degout | Till Fechner | Lenneke Ruiten | Rémy Mathieu
Number of actsOpera in five acts
Total running time2 h 47 min 55 sec
Running time by actAct 1: 46 min | Act 2: 43 min | Suggested Intermission | Act 3: 33 min | Act 4: 19 min | Act 5: 27 min
Sung inFrenchShare on Facebook