Thomas - Hamlet (Blu-ray) | Naxos - Blu-ray NBD0103V

Thomas - Hamlet (Blu-ray)

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Label: Naxos - Blu-ray

Cat No: NBD0103V

Format: Blu-ray

Number of Discs: 1

Genre: Opera

Release Date: 8th November 2019

Contents

Artists

Sabine Devieilhe (soprano)
Sylvie Brunet-Grupposo (mezzo-soprano)
Stephane Degout (baritone)
Laurent Alvaro (bass-baritone)
Julien Behr (tenor)
Jerome Varnier (bass)
Kevin Amiel (tenor)
Yoann Dubruque (baritone)
Nicolas Legoux (bass)
Les elements
Orchestre des Champs-Elysees

Conductor

Louis Langree

Works

Thomas, Ambroise

Hamlet

Artists

Sabine Devieilhe (soprano)
Sylvie Brunet-Grupposo (mezzo-soprano)
Stephane Degout (baritone)
Laurent Alvaro (bass-baritone)
Julien Behr (tenor)
Jerome Varnier (bass)
Kevin Amiel (tenor)
Yoann Dubruque (baritone)
Nicolas Legoux (bass)
Les elements
Orchestre des Champs-Elysees

Conductor

Louis Langree

About

With Shakespearean operas all the rage in Paris during the 19th century, Ambroise Thomas and his librettists Michel Carré and Jules Barbier adapted Hamlet to create a romantic spectacle in which the character of Ophélie shines with a haunting radiance. With its virtuosic arias, stunning ensembles and vivid orchestration – with the colourful addition of the newly invented saxophone – Thomas composed one of the most successful operas in the French repertoire. This is further enhanced by director Cyril Teste’s multi-layered production, reinstating its powerful original ending, and including cinematic techniques to create ‘a very palpable hit’ (bachtrack.com).

Cast:
- Hamlet: Stéphane Degout (baritone)
- Ophélie: Sabine Devieilhe (soprano)
- Claudius: Laurent Alvaro (bass-baritone)
- Gertrude: Sylvie Brunet-Grupposo (mezzo-soprano)
- Laërte: Julien Behr (tenor)
- The Ghost: Jérôme Varnier (bass)
- Marcellus, Second Gravedigger: Kevin Amiel (tenor)
- Horatio, First Gravedigger: Yoann Dubruque (baritone)
- Polonius: Nicolas Legoux (bass)

Stage Director: Cyril Teste
Set Designer: Ramy Fischler
Costume Designer: Osabelle Deffin
Lighting Designer: Julien Boizard

Total playing time: 171 minutes
Picture format: HD 16:9
Sound format: PCM stereo and DTS-MA 5.1
Language: French
Subtitles: French, English, German, Japanese, Korean, Chinese
Region code: A, B, C
No. of discs: 1 (BD 50)

Reviews

Staged at the Opéra-Comique to mark the 150th anniversary of its premiere in the slightly grander setting of the Opéra, Cyril Teste’s production of Hamlet hauls Ambroise Thomas’s tragedy into the present day and probes its complexities with an anti-Romantic dispassion that at times borders on the surgical. … [Sabine] Devieilhe makes an outstanding Ophélie, touching and vulnerable, her coloratura dazzlingly precise but never vacuously showy. Sylvie Brunet-Grupposo’s Gertrude can occasionally be grand-manner but there’s terrific tension in her big showdown with [Stéphane] Degout. … Louis Langrée really knows how to make this music live and breathe, and the playing, choral singing and recorded sound are all exemplary. Buy it and watch it, above all for Degout, who is unmissable and unforgettable.  Tim Ashley
Gramophone April 2020
Gramophone Editor's Choice

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