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Glyndebourne: Hamlet

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Running time: 220 mins
Release date: 6 July 2017

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Be part of a major new operatic work – join us for the world premiere of Brett Dean’s new opera based on Shakespeare’s best-known tragedy.

Brett Dean’s colourful, energetic, witty and richly lyrical music expertly captures the modernity of this timeless tale, while Matthew Jocelyn’s libretto is pure Shakespeare.

A cast of some of the finest singing actors of the moment will bring Hamlet to life. British tenor and Glyndebourne favourite Allan Clayton will play Hamlet. British mezzo-soprano Sarah Connolly will play Gertrude and Canadian soprano Barbara Hannigan will make her Glyndebourne debut as Ophelia. Legendary British bass John Tomlinson plays The Ghost of Old Hamlet.

Hamlet will be conducted by Vladimir Jurowski, Glyndebourne’s former Music Director.

Neil Armfield has directed numerous productions for Opera Australia, including their first full-length presentation of The Ring Cycle. He is the director of the acclaimed films Candy and Holding the Man.

‘The themes of life and death, love and betrayal have opera written all over them.’

—Brett Dean, Composer

Sung in English with English supertitles

Also on screen this summer: a timeless production of La traviata (captured live in 2014) and a new production of Mozart’s La clemenza di Tito (live).

Creative team

Composer Brett Dean

Librettist Matthew Jocelyn

Conductor Vladimir Jurowski

Director Neil Armfield

Set Designer Ralph Myers

Costume Designer Alice Babidge

Cast includes

Hamlet Allan Clayton

Gertrude Sarah Connolly

Ophelia Barbara Hannigan

Claudius Rod Gilfry

Polonius Kim Begley

Ghost of Old Hamlet John Tomlinson

Horatio Jacques Imbrailo

London Philharmonic Orchestra

The Glyndebourne Chorus

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