Tormented by his father’s death, Hamlet’s vengeance is thwarted by his introspection in this new opera based on Shakespeare’s best-known tragedy.
Hamlet 11 June-6 July
New commission for Festival 2017, world premiere
Sung in English with English supertitles
Librettist: Matthew Jocelyn
Conductor: Vladimir Jurowski
Director: Neil Armfield
Orchestra: London Philharmonic Orchestra
Cast: Allan Clayton (Hamlet), Sarah Connolly (Gertrude), Barbara Hannigan (Ophelia), Rod Gilfry (Claudius), Kim Begley (Polonius), John Tomlinson (Ghost of Old Hamlet)
A story of betrayal, revenge and madness
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?
‘The themes of life and death, love and betrayal have opera written all over them.’
—Brett Dean, Composer
Shakespeare’s Hamlet reconfigured for a world premiere
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.
Booking dates for Festival 2017
1 December 2016
Ballot deadline for Glyndebourne Members
16 January 2017
Ballot deadline for Glyndebourne Associate Members
27 February 2017
Priority booking opens for Glyndebourne Under 30s
5 March 2017
Public booking opens online at 6.00pm
Hamlet is generously supported by The Monument Trust
World premiere supported by a Syndicate of Individuals
Cast and creative team
Composer Brett Dean
Librettist Matthew Jocelyn
Conductor Vladimir Jurowski
Director Neil Armfield
Set Designer Ralph Myers
Costume Designer Alice Babidge
Movement Director Denni Sayers
Lighting Designer Jon Clark
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 David Hansen
Guildenstern Christopher Lowrey
London Philharmonic Orchestra
The Glyndebourne Chorus
By kind permission of Boosey & Hawkes Publishers Ltd.
Dates and times
Date Start Long interval Finish Price band Sun 11 June 4.45pm 6.00pm 8.25pm 4 Tue 13 June 5.00pm 6.15pm 8.40pm 4 Sat 17 June 5.00pm 6.15pm 8.40pm 4 Wed 21 June 5.00pm 6.15pm 8.40pm 4 Sat 24 June 5.00pm 6.15pm 8.40pm 4 Tue 27 June 5.00pm 6.15pm 8.40pm 4 Fri 30 June 5.00pm 6.15pm 8.40pm 4
Date Start Long interval Finish Price band Thu 6 July 5.00pm 6.15pm 8.40pm 4
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