Based on a French stage adaptation of the classic Shakespeare play by Alexandre Dumas and Paul Meurice, Ambroise Thomas’ Hamlet is a ravishingly beautiful piece, complete with Ophelia’s famous mad scene -- just one of many striking moments in this vivid drama. It is a tragic tale of love, deception, and the high power of art.
This year’s Richard Tucker Award-Winner, soprano Lisette Oropesa, will return to WCO in the role of Ophelia, with two other acclaimed artists making their WCO debuts: South African baritone Jacques Imbrailo as Hamlet, and mezzo-soprano Eve Gigliotti as Gertrude. Another WCO favorite, tenor Jonas Hacker, will perform the role of Laertes.
1) In Defense of the Singing Hamlet, by Peter G. Davis, for the New York Times (March 12, 2010)