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Hamlet – Adelaide Festival 2018


Fri 2 Mar 2018, 7:30pm
Sun 4 Mar 2018, 5:00pm
Tue 6 Mar 2018, 6:00pm

Where: Adelaide Festival Centre, King William Road, Adelaide CBD, South Australia

Restrictions: All Ages

After rapturous reviews from its world premiere at the renowned Glyndebourne Festival Opera in the UK, Neil Armfield’s production of Brett Dean’s Hamlet comes to Adelaide Festival 2018.

Shakespeare’s best-known tragedy is given new life as a darkly complex opera, in this Australian premiere and Adelaide-exclusive. The timeless tale of love, betrayal and revenge is taken to new heights through Brett Dean’s vivid and richly lyrical music, highlighted by sensational arias, ensembles and choruses.

Conducted by Adelaide Symphony Orchestra’s Nicholas Carter, the musical grandeur of the production extends far beyond the stage with a semi-chorus and extra percussion adding to an all-encompassing theatrical experience.

"'To be, or not to be?' asks who? Hamlet's great existential lament is here fractured and revoiced—it echoes through the work, as Matthew Jocelyn's inspired libretto 'toys with Shakespeare to fine effect'." - The Observer UK)

Leading an outstanding cast of international and Australian singers in the title role of Hamlet is the brilliant British tenor Allan Clayton, hailed as “physically vivid, emotionally affecting, psychologically astute” by The Times (UK), alongside American baritone Rod Gilfry and British tenor Kim Begley. Australian sopranos Cheryl Barker and Lorina Gore, American counter-tenor Christopher Lowrey and British counter-tenor Rupert Enticknap will be joined by Australian tenor Samuel Sakker, baritone Douglas McNicol and bass Jud Arthur.