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Hamlet

By Brett Dean
Conducted by Nicholas Carter
Directed by Neil Armfield

A Glyndebourne Festival Opera Production



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Australian Premiere / Adelaide Exclusive

  • About

    After rapturous reviews from its world premiere at the renowned Glyndebourne Festival Opera in the UK, Neil Armfield’s production of Brett Dean’s Hamlet comes to Adelaide Festival 2018.

    Shakespeare’s best-known tragedy is given new life as a darkly complex opera, in this Australian premiere and Adelaide-exclusive. The timeless tale of love, betrayal and revenge is taken to new levels through Brett Dean’s vivid and richly lyrical music, highlighted by sensational arias, ensembles and choruses.

    Conducted by Adelaide Symphony Orchestra’s Nicholas Carter, the musical grandeur of the production extends beyond the stage with a semi-chorus and extra percussion adding to an all-encompassing theatrical experience.

    'To be, or not to be?' asks - who? Hamlet's great existential lament is here fractured and revoiced - it echoes through the work, as Matthew Jocelyn's inspired libretto 'toys with Shakespeare to fine effect'. (The Observer UK)

    Leading an outstanding cast of international and Australian singers in the title role of Hamlet is the brilliant British tenor Allan Clayton, hailed as “physically vivid, emotionally affecting, psychologically astute” by The Times (UK), alongside American baritone Rod Gilfry and British tenor Kim Begley. Australian sopranos Cheryl Barker and Lorina Gore, American counter-tenor Christopher Lowrey and British counter-tenor Rupert Enticknap will be joined by Australian tenor Samuel Sakker, baritone Douglas McNicol and bass Jud Arthur.

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    Presenting partners


    This project has been assisted by the Australian Government through the Australia Council for the Arts, its arts funding and advisory body. The presentation of Hamlet has been made possible by the Adelaide Festival Hamlet Donor Circle.


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  • Credits

    Composer Brett Dean
    Librettist Matthew Jocelyn
    Conductor Nicholas Carter
    Director Neil Armfield
    Set Designer Ralph Myers
    Costume Designer Alice Babidge
    Lighting Designer Jon Clark
    Movement Director and Assistant Director Denni Sayers
    Fight Director Nick Hall
    Chorus Master Brett Weymark
    With the Adelaide Symphony Orchestra and the State Opera of South Australia Chorus

    Hamlet is a Glyndebourne Festival Opera production, originally performed in the Glyndebourne Festival 2017. Presented by the Adelaide Festival in association with the State Opera of South Australia and Adelaide Symphony Orchestra.

    This project has been assisted by the Australian Government through the Australia Council for the Arts, its arts funding and advisory body.

    The presentation of Hamlet has been made possible by the Adelaide Festival Hamlet Donor Circle.

    Images © Glyndebourne Productions Ltd Photo: Richard Hubert Smith