Thomas’ French opera Hamlet is an adaptation of Shakespeare’s famous tragedy. The story is set in Denmark and follows the prince Hamlet, who seeks revenge upon his uncle Claudius. Claudius murdered his brother, Hamlet’s father, in order to seize the throne and also married Hamlet’s mother Gertrude. After the Ghost of King Hamlet told him Claudius was the killer, he vows to avenge his father’s death. However, matter becomes more complicated as the young Ophelia, the traitor Polonius’ daughter, falls in love with Hamlet. Realizing he can no longer marry the daughter of the guilty Polonius, Hamlet asks her to leave. Ophelia has lost her senses and drowns herself in a lake. Her unfortunate death leads to a duel between Hamlet and Ophelia’s brother Laërte. The Ghost appears again and exhorts Hamlet to kill Claudius…….
An Opera in FIVE Acts
Composer: Ambroise Thomas
Libretto: Michel Carré and Jules Barbier
Performed in French with Chinese and English Surtitles
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