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.


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.

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.

March 2019

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

Approximate running time 3h

Information of Interest

Briefing session

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

Reasons why you shouldn't miss Hamlet

  • A Romantic take on Shakespeare.
  • Diana Damrau comes back to the Liceu in another opera.
  • A star-studded cast.
  • The most famous operatic version of Hamlet.
  • Hamlet with a happy ending.


Reasons not to miss'HAMLET'

  • Shakespeare passat pel sedàs del romanticisme.
  • El retorn operístic de Diana Damrau al Liceu.
  • Un repartiment de somni.
  • El Hamlet operístic més famós.
  • Un Hamlet amb final feliç.