Brett Dean’s opera Hamlet, is finally making its much-anticipated debut at the Sydney Opera House next month, courtesy of Opera Australia. This production, directed by the iconic Neil Armfield, brings a fresh, dynamic interpretation of Shakespeare’s classic tragedy.

Since its world premiere at the Glyndebourne Festival in 2017, Hamlet has wowed audiences across the globe, with notable performances at the Adelaide Festival, New York’s Metropolitan Opera, and the Munich Opera Festival. Dean’s music, combined with Matthew Jocelyn’s sharp libretto, delves deep into the psyche of the tormented prince, offering a modern twist on the timeless story of revenge.

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Armfield’s vision for the opera has been praised for its intense physicality, creating a visually stunning royal court shrouded in darkness. Collaborating with talented Australian designers Ralph Myers and Alice Babidge, the production promises to be a feast for the eyes as well as the ears.

Adding to the excitement, conductor Tim Anderson, a contemporary opera specialist, will make his Australian debut, leading the Opera Australia Orchestra. Anderson will navigate Dean’s intricate and powerful score, which features innovative elements like electronic music and immersive surround sound effects.

The cast is equally impressive. British tenor Allan Clayton, known for his powerful performances, returns to the role of Hamlet. He will be joined by Australian soprano Lorina Gore, reprising her award-winning portrayal of Ophelia, and American baritone Rod Gilfry as the cunning Claudius. Australian mezzo-soprano Catherine Carby will also make her role debut as Gertrude, adding her rich voice to this stellar lineup.

The production is further enriched by the Opera Australia Chorus and the unique talents of Scottish accordionist James Crabb, who will perform a part specifically composed for him. Purchase tickets here

  • What: Hamlet production by Opera Australia
  • When: 20 July – 9 August 2024
  • Where: Joan Sutherland Theatre, Sydney Opera House