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]