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Hamlet Blu-ray (Champs-Élysées)

 

  • With Shakespearian operas all the rage in Paris during the 19th century, Ambroise Thomas and his librettists Michel Carré and Jules Barbier adapted Hamlet to create a romantic spectacle in which the character of Ophélie shines with a haunting radiance. With its virtuosic arias, stunning ensembles and vivid orchestration – with the colourful addition of the newly invented saxophone – Thomas composed one of the most successful operas in the French repertoire. This is further enhanced by director Cyril Teste’s multi-layered production, reinstating its powerful original ending, and including cinematic techniques to create ‘a very palpable hit’ (Bach Track)

    Hamlet: Stéphane Degout
    Ophélie: Sabine Devieilhe
    Claudius: Laurent Alvaro
    Gertrude: Sylvie Brunet-Grupposo 
    Polonius: Nicolas Legoux
    Laërte: Julien Behr 
    Ghost of Old Hamlet: Jérôme Varnier 
    Horatio: Yoann Dubruque
    Marcellus: Kevin Amiel 

    Orchestre des Champs-Elysées, Choeur Les Eléments, Louis Langrée, Cyril Teste

    Picture: 16:9
    Format: bluray
    Sound: AC3 2.0 and DTS 5.1
    Subtitles: FR/EN/GE/JP/KO/CH 
    Running Time: 171 mins

  • '[Degout] gives one of his greatest performances here, marvellously sung and acted...it’s an extraordinary achievement. Devieilhe makes an outstanding Ophélie, touching and vulnerable, her coloratura dazzlingly precise but never vacuously showy...Langrée really knows how to make this music live and breathe, and the playing, choral singing and recorded sound are all exemplary...Buy it and watch it, above all for Degout, who is unmissable and unforgettable' Gramophone

    'a strong piece worthy of further revival. Cyril Teste’s modern-dress production is simple and elegant and imaginatively captured for the screen by François Roussillon. Conductor Louis Langrée brings a freshness and buoyancy to the score, so although the mood is sombre there is a welcome delicacy of touch. Stéphane Degout excels as Hamlet, brooding and sarcastic, his baritone lithe and flexible.' Opera Now