Composer Brett Dean. Libretto by Matthew Jocelyn after William Shakespeare.

Opera in two acts (2017)

recommended for 14 years and older

Hamlet is a production of Glyndebourne.

In English. With subtitles in German and English language. New Production.

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Introductions take place 40 minutes before the performance on the first tier in the anteroom to the royal box.
Limited seating available, duration approx. 20 min.

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"To be or not to be" premiere date: Hamlet, William Shakespeare's early 17th century epochal drama delving deeply into the key questions of human existence, has fascinated audiences for centuries. At Elsinore, Prince Hamlet mourns his deceased father, King Hamlet of Denmark. The funeral is quickly followed by the marriage of his widow Gertrude to Claudius, the king's brother. Hamlet is deeply disturbed by his father's early death and his mother's sudden marriage. At the same time, his father's ghost appears to him. His love for Ophelia is also failing. Hamlet is lost further and further in a world of power games, a thicket of lies, intrigues and insincerities. Brett Dean's setting for this search for meaning and truth by a fragile young man premiered at Glyndebourne in 2017. "A magnificent evening of musical theatre," hailed Die deutsche Bühne, "a masterpiece!" Virtuoso choral passages alternate here with a large ensemble of singers, contributing to a musically imposing experience brought to the stage of the Nationaltheater by the Bayerische Staatsoper in the world premiere production by Neil Armfield and conducted by Vladimir Jurowski, who was also took to the podium at Glynebourne.