Opéra de Paris


In Cinemas 27, 28 & 31 May 2023
Pierre Dumoussaud
Orchestre de l’Opéra national de Paris
Ludovic Tézier (Hamlet), Lisette Oropesa (Ophélie), Jean Teitgen (Claudius), Julien Behr (Laërte), Clive Bayley (Spectre du roi défunt), Frédéric Caton (Horatio), Julien Henric (Marcellus), Eve-Maud Hubeaux (Gertrude)
Ambroise Thomas
Krzysztof Warlikowski
Set Design
Małgorzata Szczęśniak
3h39 including interval
Sung in French, with English subtitles
Captured live from Opéra Bastille, Paris, 30 Mar 2023
Official Event Listing
  • Dazzlingly powerful! What Tézier achieves is simply miraculous.
    Christian Merlin, LE FIGARO
    Tézier is brilliant! Emotional, strong, and believable, he delivers the big dramatic arc that Hamlet goes through.
    Mauricio Villa, OPERAWIRE
    A spirited staging - dense, powerful, carnal and deliciously crazy. Tézier masterfully embodied the Danish prince and Oropesa, with rare dramatic intensity, moved the audience, who gave her a long standing ovation.
    Mohamed Berkani, FRANCEINFO CULTURE
    We lack superlatives for Tézier's performance! The rest of the cast is also high-flying. If there is one certainty for the spectator at the end of the performance, it is to have attended a great moment of theatre.
    Erwan Gentric, BACHTRACK

Opera in five acts (1868)

New Production! This much anticipated new Paris Opera staging of Thomas' grand opéra - the company's first since 1938 - features the great French baritone Ludovic Tézier in the title role as the melancholic Danish prince.

Based on Alexandre Dumas's French adaptation of Shakespeare’s famous play, Thomas and his librettists Michel Carré and Jules Barbier imbued the tale with an intensity that contributes to one of the most beautiful scores in the repertoire. The story is dominated by Hamlet’s existential questions, the ghost of his murdered father (Clive Bayley) and his doomed love for the lustrous Ophelia (Lisette Oropesa).

A milestone of grand opera for which director Krzysztof Warlikowski, ever fathoming the depths of the human soul, redraws the Shakespearean contours. 

Please note cast change: Pierre Dumoussaud will conduct this performance, replacing the previously billed Thomas Hengelbrock. [updated 14 Feb 23]

Opéra de Paris

Opéra de Paris is one of the world's greatest opera and ballet companies. Founded more than three centuries ago by Louis XIV, it now holds performances in two theatres, the Palais Garnier (1875) and the Opéra Bastille (1989). The company’s mission is to preserve and develop our operatic and ballet heritage and it gives more than 350 performances per year. Great composers such as Rameau, Gluck, Rossini, Verdi, Wagner, Gounod, Massenet, Poulenc and Messiaen all gave the first performances of their works here.

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