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Hamlet

Synopsis
Live broadcast of Ambroise Thomas’s opera presented by Margaret Juntwait from the Metropolitan Opera, New York. With Simon Keenlyside as Hamlet and Marlis Petersen as last minute stand-in for Ophelie. Louis Langree conducts The New York Metropolitan Opera Chorus and Orchestra.
Series
Live from the Met
Language
French (Standard)
Country
Great Britain
Medium
Radio
Transmission details
27 Mar 2010 at 17:00 (Channel: BBC Radio 3)
Duration
240 (including interval)

Credits

Writer
Jules Barbier; Michel Carré
Music
Ambroise Thomas
Contributor
Louis Langree; Margaret Juntwait
Cast
Simon KeenleysideHamlet
James MorrisClaudius
Jennifer LarmoreGertrude
Maxim MikhailovPolonius
Marlis PetersenOphelia
David PittsingerGhost
Liam BonnerHoratio
Mark ShowalterGravedigger (2)
Richard BernsteinGravedigger (1)
Toby SpenceLaertes

Additional Details

Theatre
Metropolitan Opera House, New York, NY
Theatre company
New York Metropolitan Opera
Production type
Operas and Musicals
Plays
Hamlet
Subjects
Music
Keywords
Shakespeare, William (1564-1616)

Notes

Notes
Sung in French.
Librettists: Michel Carre and Jules Barbier
General
The opera premiered in Paris in 1868 and is based on a French adaptation of Shakespeare’s play by Alexandre Dumas and Paul Meurice.
History
Also transmitted live in high-definition video via satellite to select movie theatres around the world at 1 p.m. EDT. Also broadcast live on Sirius Metropolitan Opera Radio.
Reviews
Source: Radio Times, Metropolitan Opera programme information (http://www.metopera.org).
Review: Anthony Tommasini, ‘This Prince: What a Piece of Work’, New York Times, 17 March 2010. http://www.nytimes.com/2010/03/18/arts/music/18hamlet.html

Production Company

Name

BBC

Notes
The British Broadcasting Corporation (BBC)
Name

Metropolitan Opera, New York

Address
USA

Archive

Name

British Library Sound Archive

Email
listening@bl.uk
Web
http://www.bl.uk/nsa External site opens in new window
Phone
020 7412 7676
Fax
020 7412 7441
Address
96 Euston Road
London
NW1 2DB

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