‘There is no such thing as Hamlet. There is no definitive text of Hamlet upon which all scholars agree, and all people of the theatre agree, and so we just allowed ourselves to pick and choose.’ Matthew Jocelyn, Librettist
Brett Dean’s richly atmospheric and deeply dramatic music captures the essence and timelessness of Shakespeare’s story, in which Hamlet navigates a maze of love and madness, murder and revenge, on his quest for the truth.
The innovatively orchestrated score buoys Matthew Jocelyn’s libretto, which consists only of words and phrases written by or attributed to Shakespeare, to bring the tragedy to its inevitable conclusion. Shakespeare’s Hamlet exists in three original versions – the first so-called ‘bad’ quarto, the second ‘good’ quarto and the First Folio, the most fully realised version of the play.
You can listed to a podcast of how they adapted Shakespeare’s longest play on soundcloud.
In the world of opera, Glyndebourne is unique. It is recognised globally as one of the great opera houses. Its productions travel worldwide, are performed live in other opera houses and screened in cinemas from New York to Tokyo. The opera house stands next to the country home of John Christie, who founded it in 1934. Its global reputation stems from a passion for artistic excellence.
Watch the trailer here.
The group will depart from Falmer Rail Station and travel via train to Lewes where there will be a shuttle bus to Glyndebourne.