Hamlet

 

Franco Faccio Hamlet opera to libretto by Arrigo Boito (the libretto is in Italian and the real name is Amleto). Directed 2016 by Olivier Tambosi at the Bregenz Festival. Stars Pavel Černoch (Amleto), Claudio Sgura (Claudio), Eduard Tsanga (Polonio), Sébastien Soules (Orazio), Bartosz Urbanowicz (Marcello), Paul Schweinester (Laerte), Iulia Maria Dan (Ofelia), Dshamilja Kaiser (Gertrude), Gianluca Buratto (The Ghost/A Priest), Jonathan Winell (King Gonzaga/A Herald), Sabine Winter (The Queen), Yasushi Hirano (Luciano/First Gravedigger), and Hans-Jorg Ulm (Second Gravedigger). Paolo Carignani conducts the Wiener Symphoniker and the Prague Philharmonic Choir (Chorus Master Lukáš Vasilek). Set design by Frank Philipp Schlößmann; costume design by Gesine Völlm; lighting design by Davy Cunningham; choreography by Ran Arthur Braun; directed for TV by Felix Breisach. Released 2017, disc has 5.0 dts-HD Master Audio sound. Grade: NA

Another lost opera soul is redeemed by the Bregenz Festival for all the world to enjoy! Here are some images from the production (not subject title disc) that tell you what all the excitement was about.

The Prince:

The mad girl Ofelia:

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The play within the play---pop goes the poison:

H'm. To be or not to be?

The critics were wild about this last summer when they saw this live. Gramophone gave this it's monthly Editor's Choice designation (for video recording) in October 2017 (page 7). And Mark Pullinger with Gramophone (October 2017 at page 96) states that "Amleto is a very fine work indeed . . . and this Bregenz production constitutes a major operatic rediscovery."

Next below are a couple of clips from the TV show that are probably the same as subject disc. The clips are sung in Italian. These subtitles are in German. The first clip is in fact the "To be, or not to be" soliloquy. The second clip is the scene where Hamlet confronts his mother and kills Polonius. (This was performed on a regular indoor stage with a shiny floor and not on the Bregenz Lake Stage.)