HAMLET

AMBROISE THOMAS (concert version)

Diana Damrau, Carlos Álvarez and Celso Albelo. Daniel Oren conducts a scintillating cast at the Liceu

The 19th century's fascination with William Shakespeare blossomed into numerous operatic versions of his plays. One of the most frequently adapted was Hamlet, the tragic tale of the Prince of Denmark. This unusual and much appreciated Hamlet, which features a semi-happy ending, is by Ambroise Thomas, an excellent exponent of French lyric drama, whose works are midway between grand opéra and Romantic bel canto. Thomas has bequeathed us a score rich in nuances and dramatic plot developments, including a madness aria for Ophélie. Baritone Carlos Álvarez and soprano Diana Damrau head a star-studded cast, while Daniel Oren will also be back, to conduct the Liceu's orchestra and chorus.

Hamlet

Opera in five acts. Libretto by Michel Carré and Jules Barbier. World premiere: 09/03/1868 at the Opéra in Paris. First Barcelona performance: 09/04/1882 at the Teatre Principal. First Liceu performance: 13/05/1882. Last Liceu performance: 20/10/2003. Number of Liceu performances: 96.

Artistic profile

Conductor
Daniel Oren
Symphony Orchestra and Chorus of the Gran Teatre del Liceu
Choru's Director
Conxita Garcia

Cast

Hamlet Carlos Álvarez
Claudius Nicolas Testé
Laërte Celso Albelo
The ghost of Hamlet's fatherIvo Stanchev
MarcellusAlbert Casals
HoratioEnric Martínez-Castignani
PoloniusRubén Amoretti
First grave-diggerCarlos Daza
Second grave-diggerJosep Fadó
Queen GertrudeEve-Maud Hubeaux
Ophélie Diana Damrau

Cast changes

Eve-Maud Hubeaux will sing the role ot The queen Gertrude replacing Géraldine Chauvet.
Enric Martínez-Castignani will sing the role of Horatio replacing Toni Marsol.

Buy

March 2019

7Thursday20:00Turn EFee 3
10Sunday18:00Turn PDFee 3

Approximate running time 3h

Briefing session

Audience briefing session in the Foyer 45 minutes before the opera begins.