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Adelaide Festival: Hamlet


Adelaide Festival: Hamlet

  • Date: Friday, 2 March 2018, 7:30pm
  • Venue: Festival Theatre - Adelaide Festival Centre — King William Rd, Adelaide, SA
  • Series: This event is part of the Adelaide Festival 2018 series
  • Tickets: Adult: $149 - $289 | Concession: $120 - $175 | Under 30: $70 - $90 (transaction fees apply) — Tickets can be purchased online or by phone on 131246

Event Details

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 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.

'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.

Travel packages are on sale now, with options to include flights, accommodation, Premium Hamlet tickets and more.

Further information for this event is available online at the event's website or by phone on (08) 8216 4444 or by email to info@adelaidefestival.com.au

Featured Australian Works

Hamlet : opera by Matthew Jocelyn and Brett Dean
— performed by Nicholas Carter

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