Hamlet

BRETT DEAN / LIBRETTO BY MATTHEW JOCELYN

Hamlet

Upcoming Performances

Friday

May 13 at 8 PM

Wednesday

May 18 at 7:30 PM

Saturday

May 21 at 8 PM

Thursday

May 26 at 8 PM

Tuesday

May 31 at 7:30 PM

Saturday

Jun 4 at 1 PM

Thursday

Jun 9 at 7:30 PM

Overview

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.

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

Languages

Languages sung in Hamlet

Sung In

English

Titles

Title languages displayed for Hamlet

Met Titles In

  • English
  • German
  • Spanish
  • Italian

Timeline

Timeline for the show, Hamlet

Estimated Run Time

3 hrs 15 mins

  • House Opens

  • Act I

    105 mins

  • Intermission

    30 mins

  • Act II

    60 mins

  • Opera Ends

Hamlet

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.

Creators

PRODUCTION

Neil Armfield

SCENIC DESIGNER

Ralph Myers

COSTUME DESIGNER

Alice Babidge

LIGHTING DESIGNER

Jon Clark

MOVEMENT DIRECTOR

Denni Sayers

Fight Diretor

Nicholas Hall

Headshot of Brett Dean

Composer

Brett Dean

Hamlet