Dean - Hamlet (DVD) | Opus Arte OA1254D

Dean - Hamlet (DVD)

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Label: Opus Arte

Cat No: OA1254D

Format: DVD

Number of Discs: 1

Genre: Opera

Release Date: 29th June 2018

Contents

Artists

Allan Clayton
Sarah Connolly
Barbara Hannigan
Rod Gilfry
Kim Begley
John Tomlinson
Jacques Imbrailo
David Butt Philip
Rupert Enticknap
Christopher Lowrey
The Glyndebourne Chorus
London Philharmonic Orchestra

Conductor

Vladimir Jurowski

Works

Dean, Brett

Hamlet

Artists

Allan Clayton
Sarah Connolly
Barbara Hannigan
Rod Gilfry
Kim Begley
John Tomlinson
Jacques Imbrailo
David Butt Philip
Rupert Enticknap
Christopher Lowrey
The Glyndebourne Chorus
London Philharmonic Orchestra

Conductor

Vladimir Jurowski

About

The world premiere recording of Brett Dean’s new opera based on Shakespeare’s best-known tragedy: ‘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?

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.

‘With a reverent but mischievous take on the text and a superb cast led by tenor Allan Clayton, this world premiere production rises to the challenge set by Shakespeare’s great play’
 – The Guardian ****

‘Brilliant music, rapturously received Dean’s music offers great brilliance.’ – The Daily Telegraph ****

Extra features: Creating a World Premiere, A Theatre of Sound and a cast gallery

Cast:
- 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: Rupert Enticknap
- Guildenstern: Christopher Lowrey

Stage director: Neil Armfield

Subtitles: EN/FR/DE/ KO
Running time: 185 minutes
Sound format: LPCM 2.0, DTS Digital Surround

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