BRETT DEAN / LIBRETTO BY MATTHEW JOCELYN
May 13 at 8 PM
May 18 at 7:30 PM
May 21 at 8 PM
May 26 at 8 PM
May 31 at 7:30 PM
Jun 4 at 1 PM
Jun 9 at 7:30 PM
When Australian composer Brett Dean’s Hamlet had its world premiere at the Glyndebourne Festival in 2017, The Guardian declared, “New opera doesn’t often get to sound this good … Shakespeare offers a gauntlet to composers that shouldn’t always be picked up, but Dean’s Hamlet rises to the challenge.” Now, this riveting contemporary masterpiece arrives at the Met, with Neil Armfield, who directed the work’s premiere, bringing his acclaimed staging to New York. Many of the original cast members have followed, including tenor Allan Clayton in the title role. Nicholas Carter makes his Met debut conducting a remarkable ensemble, which also features soprano Brenda Rae as Ophelia, mezzo-soprano Sarah Connolly as Gertrude, baritone Rod Gilfry as Claudius, and legendary bass John Tomlinson as the ghost of Hamlet’s father.
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Hamlet is a Glyndebourne production
Production a gift of Lynne and Richard Pasculano
Additional support provided by The Walter and Leonore Annenberg Endowment Fund, and the National Endowment for the Arts
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Timeline for the show, Hamlet
Estimated Run Time
3 hrs 15 mins
World premiere: Glyndebourne Festival Opera, Lewes, 2017
Some of the world’s greatest composers have looked to the works of Shakespeare for inspiration, a tradition that continued with the 2017 premiere of Brett Dean’s Hamlet. The Bard’s immortal tragedy is among theater’s most captivating psychological portraits, and the incorporation of music—including tour-de-force vocal writing, imposing choral forces, and a powerful orchestral sweep—only escalates the tension of this classic tale.