Ambroise Thomas's Hamlet Libretto by Michele Carré and Jules Barbier
Ambroise Thomas's musically and dramatically virtuosic adaptation of the classic story follows Hamlet in his pursuit to avenge his father's murder. Known for Ophélie's hauntingly beautiful mad scene, "Et maintenant écoutez ma chanson," this dazzling production by Thaddeus Strassberger vividly brings Shakespeare's famous play to life. Conducting honors are shared by WNO's General Director Plácido Domingo and Patrick Fournillier. Performed in French with English supertitles. Supertitles may not be visible from the rear of the orchestra; please contact WNO Audiences Services at (202) 295-2400 for further information.
The performance runs approximately 3 hours, 5 minutes, with one 20-minute intermission. PLEASE NOTE: Late seating is not permitted during the performance. Monitors are available outside of the Opera House for late arrivals to view the opera. Patrons may take their seats during the first intermission. Please plan travel carefully and allow extra time for traffic, parking, and walking to the Opera House.
O-Zone Lecture: Free pre-performance lecture in the Opera House - Thu., May 27 at 6:15 p.m. Patrons must present a ticket or stub from any performance of this production.
Artist Q&A follows the matinee performance: Sun., May 30.
Cast/Creative Team Hamlet Michael Chioldi (May 19, 22, 27, 30) / Liam Bonner (May 24, Jun 1, 4) Ophélie Elizabeth Futral (cast change on 4/27) Claudius Samuel Ramey Gertrude Elizabeth Bishop Laërte John Tessier
Conductor -- Plácido Domingo (May 22, 24, Jun. 1, 4) / Patrick Fournillier (May 19, 27, 30) Director & Set Design -- Thaddeus Strassberger Costume Design -- Mary Traylor Lighting Design -- Mark McCullough