Hamlet - Opera - Season 22/23 Programming - Opéra national de Paris

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    Ambroise Thomas

    Opéra Bastille - from 08 March to 09 April 2023

    François Fontaine/ Agence VU'

  • [INTERVIEW] Krzysztof Warlikowski about HAMLET [INTERVIEW] Krzysztof Warlikowski about HAMLET

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Opéra Bastille - from 08 March to 09 April 2023


Opera Ambroise Thomas

Opéra Bastille - from 08 March to 09 April 2023

3h05 with 1 interval

Language : French

Surtitle : French / English

  • Pre‑opening for the young : 8 March 2023

    Opening night : 11 March 2023


In few words:

In the course of the 19th century, Shakespeare’s works were a constant source of inspiration for the Romantics. In particular, The Tragic History of Hamlet, Prince of Denmark, one of the English playwright’s most famous plays, dominated by the existential questions of the title role – To be or not to be –, the ghost of his murdered father and his doomed love for Ophelia. Alexandre Dumas père was himself fascinated by this drama and in 1847 he produced a highly successful adaptation. It was on the basis of this version that Michel Carré and Jules Barbier gave Ambroise Thomas the libretto for Hamlet, the last opera to be performed in the Salle Le Peletier. Inspired by the musical and dramaturgical forms of French grand opera, the composer imbues the story with an intensity that contributes to the beauty of the score. A milestone of opera for which Krzysztof Warlikowski, ever fathoming the depths of the human psyche, redraws the Shakespearean contours.

  • Opening
  • First part 90 mn
  • Intermission 30 mn
  • Second part 80 mn
  • End

The 19th century opera

4 min


The 19th century opera
  • Hamlet

    opera in five acts (1868)

    After William Shakespeare

    • Music :

      Ambroise Thomas - (1811 - 1896)

    • Libretto :

      Michel Carré

      Jules Barbier


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