Faccio - Hamlet (Blu-ray)
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Label: C Major Entertainment
Cat No: 740704
Number of Discs: 1
Release Date: 11th August 2017
Iulia Maria Dan
Prague Philharmonic Choir
Premiered in 1865 in Genoa and restaged in 1871 at Milano’s La Scala, Hamlet was only revived in 2014 concertante in the US before its ‘triumphal rebirth’ (Deutschlandradio Kultur) at the Bregenz Festival, where the opera was also recorded for the first time ever. Faccio, who conducted the first performance of Verdi’s Aida in Italy and the world premiere of Otello, and Boito, Verdi’s librettist of Otello and Falstaff, skillfully and effectively challenge the conventions of Italian opera, which they wanted to revitalize by infusing it with the spirit of Shakespeare’s drama. Anticipating the musical language of later Italian verismo composers, the opera combines lovely musical interludes with superb vocal writing.
Heading a supreme cast, Pavel Černoch as Amleto delivers superbly, ‘using his colorful tenor skillfully to develop the transformation of the insecure youngling to the ice-cold avenger’ (NZZ) and ‘granting the work large scale’ (Abendzeitung). Under the baton of Paolo Carignani with the Wiener Symphoniker and Prague Philharmonic Choir ‘it carried terrific punch’ (The Telegraph). Olivier Tambosi’s ‘excellent staging served it well, with a clear focus on the high points’ (The Telegraph).
‘There is a lot of exciting music to discover in this opera… What an amazing richness in ideas! This opera is worth to be rediscovered.’ - Süddeutsche Zeitung
‘Faccio’s opera is the one that should be performed, and if plans are not already afoot to bring it to the land of Shakespeare, they certainly should be.’ - The Telegraph
- Amleto: Pavel Černoch
- Claudio: Claudio Sgura
- Ofelia: Iulia Maria Dan
- Polonio: Eduard Tsanga
- Gertrude: Dshamilja Kaiser
- Orazio: Sebastien Soules
- Marcello: Bartosz Urbanowicz
- Laerte: Paul Schweinester
Stage direction: Olivier Tambosi
Set designer: Frank Philipp Schlößmann
Costume designer: Gesine Völlm
Lighting designer: Daviy Cunningham
Choreographer: Ran Arthur Braun
Video director: Felix Breisach
Recording date: Bregenz Festival, July 2016
Sound format: PCM Stereo, DTS-HD MA 5.1
Picture: 16:9, HD
Subtitles: Italian (original language), German, English, French, Korean, Japanese
Booklet: English, German, French
Total running time: 145 mins
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