A new opera by Brett Dean
Conducted by Nicholas Carter
Directed by Neil Armfield
"…a magnificent new opera" ★★★★★ – The Times (UK)
Exclusive to Adelaide
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 Australia premiere and Adelaide-exclusive. The timeless tale of love, betrayal and revenge is taken to new levels 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 beyond the stage with a semi-chorus and extra percussion adding to an all-encompassing theatrical experience.
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, British tenor Kim Begley, leading Australian sopranos Cheryl Barker and Lorina Gore, American counter-tenor Christopher Lowrey and British counter-tenor Rupert Enticknap.
"Exciting, colourful, and perfectly-paced" – Limelight
"Brilliant music, rapturously received" – The Telegraph, UK
"The piece succeeds magnificently. Australia must see it as soon as possible" – The Australian
Librettist Matthew Jocelyn
Conductor Nicholas Carter
Director Neil Armfield
Set Designer Ralph Myers
Costume Designer Alice Babidge
Lighting Designer Jon Clark
Movement Director and Assistant Director Denni Sayers
Chorus Master Brett Weymark
With the Adelaide Symphony Orchestra and the State Opera of South Australia Chorus