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Hamlet

More info on Hamlet

Composer:

Ambroise Thomas

Librettist:

Jules Barbier, and Michel Carré

Premiere:

9 March 1868, Paris (Opéra)

Language:

French

Synopsis:

Hamlet Synopsis

Libretto:

Hamlet Libretto

Translation(s):

English Deutsch

About the opera Hamlet

Hamlet is an opéra in five acts by the French composer Ambroise Thomas, with a libretto by Michel Carré and Jules Barbier based on a French adaptation by Alexandre Dumas, père and Paul Meurice of Shakespeare's play Hamlet.
The Parisian public's fascination with Ophelia, prototype of the femme fragile, began in the fall of 1827, when an English company directed by William Abbot came to Paris to give a season of Shakespeare in English at the Odéon. On 11 September 1827 the Irish actress Harriet Smithson played the part of Ophelia in Hamlet. Her mad scene appeared to owe little to tradition and seemed almost like an improvisation, with several contemporary accounts remarking on her astonishing capacity for mime. Her performances produced an extraordinary reaction: men wept openly in the theater, and when they left were "convulsed by uncontrollable emotion." The twenty-five-year-old Alexandre Dumas, père, who was about to embark on a major career as a novelist and dramatist, was in the audience and found the performance revelatory, "far surpassing all my expectations". The French composer Hector Berlioz was also present at that opening night performance and later wrote: "The lightning flash of that sublime discovery opened before me at a stroke the whole heaven of art, illuminating it to its remotest depths. I recognized the meaning of dramatic grandeur, beauty, truth." Even the wife of the English ambassador, Lady Granville, felt compelled to report that the Parisians "roar over Miss Smithson's Ophelia, and strange to say so did I". (The actress's Irish accent and the lack of power in her voice had hindered her success in London.) It wasn't long before new clothing and hair styles, à  la mode d'Ophélie and modeled on those of the actress, became all the rage in Paris.
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Roles in Hamlet

Claudius Bass
Gertrude Mezzo-Soprano
Hamlet Baritone
Polonius Bass
Ophélie Soprano
Laërte Tenor
Marcellus Tenor
Horatio Bass

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All scenes from Hamlet

Arias from Hamlet
Duets from Hamlet

Nr.Title scenePopularityOperaComposerActTypeVoicesLang.Roles
1Prelude Popularity:

Opera: HamletComposer: ThomasAct: 1.00

Type: instrumentalVoice: Language: French

Roles:
2Pour mon pays en serviteur fide Popularity:

Opera: HamletComposer: ThomasAct: 1.01

Type: ariaVoice: tenorLanguage: French

Roles: Laërte
3Introduction Popularity:

Opera: HamletComposer: ThomasAct: 1.01-1

Type: instrumentalVoice: Language: French

Roles:
4Que nos chants montent jusqu'aux cieux Popularity:

Opera: HamletComposer: ThomasAct: 1.01-2

Type: chorusVoice: B MzLanguage: French

Roles: Claudius/Gertrude
5Vain regrets! Popularity:

Opera: HamletComposer: ThomasAct: 1.02-1

Type: recitativeVoice: baritoneLanguage: French

Roles: Hamlet
6Monseigneur! - Ophélie Popularity:

Opera: HamletComposer: ThomasAct: 1.02-2

Type: duetVoice: Br SLanguage: French

Roles: Hamlet/Ophélie
7Salut au Prince Hamlet Popularity:

Opera: HamletComposer: ThomasAct: 1.03-1

Type: recitativeVoice: T Br SLanguage: French

Roles: Laërte/Hamlet/Ophélie
8Nargue de la tristesse Popularity:

Opera: HamletComposer: ThomasAct: 1.04

Type: ensemble/chorus?Voice: T BLanguage: French

Roles: Marcellus/Horatio
9Viendrat'il? Popularity:

Opera: HamletComposer: ThomasAct: 1.05-2

Type: sceneVoice: Br T B BLanguage: French

Roles: Hamlet/Marcellus/Horatio/Ghost
10Adieu dit-il ayez foi Popularity:

Opera: HamletComposer: ThomasAct: 2.01

Type: ariaVoice: sopranoLanguage: French

Roles: Ophélie
11Dans son regard plus sombre Popularity:

Opera: HamletComposer: ThomasAct: 2.01

Type: ariaVoice: mezzoLanguage: French

Roles: Gertrude
12Entr'acte Popularity:

Opera: HamletComposer: ThomasAct: 2.01-1

Type: instrumentalVoice: Language: French

Roles:
13Sa main depuis hier Popularity:

Opera: HamletComposer: ThomasAct: 2.01-2

Type: ariaVoice: sopranoLanguage: French

Roles: Ophélie
14Je croyais près de vous Popularity:

Opera: HamletComposer: ThomasAct: 2.01-3

Type: recitativeVoice: Mz SLanguage: French

Roles: Gertrude/Ophélie
15L'âme de votre fils Popularity:

Opera: HamletComposer: ThomasAct: 2.03-1

Type: duetVoice: Mz BLanguage: French

Roles: Gertrude/Claudius
16Cher Hamlet! - Sire! Popularity:

Opera: HamletComposer: ThomasAct: 2.03-2

Type: sceneVoice: B Br MzLanguage: French

Roles: Claudius/Hamlet/Gertrude
17Voici les histrions mandés par vous Popularity:

Opera: HamletComposer: ThomasAct: 2.04-1

Type: recitative/chorusVoice: Br TLanguage: French

Roles: Hamlet/Marcellus
18Marche Danoise Popularity:

Opera: HamletComposer: ThomasAct: 2.06-1

Type: instrumentalVoice: Language: French

Roles:
19Belle, permettez-nous de prendre place Popularity:

Opera: HamletComposer: ThomasAct: 2.06-2

Type: recitativeVoice: Br SLanguage: French

Roles: Hamlet/Ophélie
20C'est levieux Roi Gonzague et la Reine Gemevre Popularity:

Opera: HamletComposer: ThomasAct: 2.07-1

Type: sceneVoice: Br T B B Mz S BLanguage: French

Roles: Hamlet/Marcellus/Polonius/Horatio/Gertrude/Ophélie/Claudius
21O mortelle offense Popularity:

Opera: HamletComposer: ThomasAct: 2.07-2

Type: ensemble/finaleVoice: Br T B B Mz S BLanguage: French

Roles: Hamlet/Marcellus/Polonius/Horatio/Gertrude/Ophélie/Claudius
22Je t'implore o mon frere Popularity:

Opera: HamletComposer: ThomasAct: 3

Type: ariaVoice: bassLanguage: French

Roles: Claudius
23Mais qui donc ose ici me suivre? Popularity:

Opera: HamletComposer: ThomasAct: 3.02-1

Type: recitativeVoice: Br BLanguage: French

Roles: Hamlet/Claudius
24Ce n'est pas à genoux Popularity:

Opera: HamletComposer: ThomasAct: 3.02-3

Type: recitativeVoice: Br B BLanguage: French

Roles: Hamlet/Claudius/Polonius
25Le voilà Popularity:

Opera: HamletComposer: ThomasAct: 3.03

Type: trioVoice: S Mz BrLanguage: French

Roles: Ophélie/Gertrude/Hamlet
26Hamlet ma douleur est immense Popularity:

Opera: HamletComposer: ThomasAct: 3.04-1

Type: recitativeVoice: Br MzLanguage: French

Roles: Hamlet/Gertrude
27Ah! que votre âme sans refuge Popularity:

Opera: HamletComposer: ThomasAct: 3.04-2

Type: duetVoice: Br MzLanguage: French

Roles: Hamlet/Gertrude
28Pardonne, hélas! Popularity:

Opera: HamletComposer: ThomasAct: 3.05-3

Type: duetVoice: Mz BrLanguage: French

Roles: Gertrude/Hamlet/Ghost
29Pale et blonde Popularity:

Opera: HamletComposer: ThomasAct: 4

Type: ariaVoice: sopranoLanguage: French

Roles: Ophélie
30Danse villageoise Popularity:

Opera: HamletComposer: ThomasAct: 4.01-2

Type: instrumental/ballet/chorusVoice: B MzLanguage: French

Roles: Claudius/Gertrude
31Pas des chasseurs Popularity:

Opera: HamletComposer: ThomasAct: 4.01-3

Type: balletVoice: Language: French

Roles:
32Pantomime Popularity:

Opera: HamletComposer: ThomasAct: 4.01-4

Type: balletVoice: Language: French

Roles:
33Valse marzurke Popularity:

Opera: HamletComposer: ThomasAct: 4.01-5

Type: balletVoice: Language: French

Roles:
34Scene du bouquet Popularity:

Opera: HamletComposer: ThomasAct: 4.01f

Type: balletVoice: Language: French

Roles:
35La freya Popularity:

Opera: HamletComposer: ThomasAct: 4.01g

Type: balletVoice: Language: French

Roles:
36Strette finale Popularity:

Opera: HamletComposer: ThomasAct: 4.01h

Type: balletVoice: Language: French

Roles:
37Sa raison a fui sans retour Popularity:

Opera: HamletComposer: ThomasAct: 4.03

Type: chorus/balletVoice: Language: French

Roles:
38Le voilà! Je crois l'entendre Popularity:

Opera: HamletComposer: ThomasAct: 4.04

Type: finaleVoice: sopranoLanguage: French

Roles: Ophélie
39Dame ou prince, homme ou femme Popularity:

Opera: HamletComposer: ThomasAct: 5.01

Type: sceneVoice: Br Br TLanguage: French

Roles: Hamlet/First gravedigger/Second gravedigger
40Comme une pâle fleur Popularity:

Opera: HamletComposer: ThomasAct: 5.02-2

Type: ariaVoice: baritoneLanguage: French

Roles: Hamlet
41Mais qui marche dans l'ombre Popularity:

Opera: HamletComposer: ThomasAct: 5.02-3

Type: sceneVoice: Br TLanguage: French

Roles: Hamlet/Laërte
42Écoute! Quel est ce bruit de pas? Popularity:

Opera: HamletComposer: ThomasAct: 5.03

Type: chorusVoice: Br TLanguage: French

Roles: Hamlet/Laërte
43Ophélie! - Hamlet! Popularity:

Opera: HamletComposer: ThomasAct: 5.04

Type: finaleVoice: Mz T Br T B B B BLanguage: French

Roles: Gertrude/Laërte/Hamlet/Marcellus/Claudius/Ghost/Horatio/Polonius
44J'ai pu frapper le miserable Popularity:

Opera: HamletComposer: ThomasAct:

Type: ariaVoice: baritoneLanguage: French

Roles:
45La fatigue alourdit mes pas Popularity:

Opera: HamletComposer: ThomasAct:

Type: Voice: Language: French

Roles:
46Spectre infernal Popularity:

Opera: HamletComposer: ThomasAct:

Type: ariaVoice: baritoneLanguage: French

Roles:
47Encore Popularity:

Opera: HamletComposer: ThomasAct:

Type: Voice: sopranoLanguage: French

Roles:
48Doute de la lumiere Popularity:

Opera: HamletComposer: ThomasAct:

Type: duetVoice: S BrLanguage: French

Roles:
49A vos jeux mes amis Popularity:

Opera: HamletComposer: ThomasAct:

Type: Voice: sopranoLanguage: French

Roles:
50Comme un pale fleur Popularity:

Opera: HamletComposer: ThomasAct:

Type: ariaVoice: baritoneLanguage: French

Roles:
51Partagez vous mes fleurs Popularity:

Opera: HamletComposer: ThomasAct:

Type: ariaVoice: sopranoLanguage: French

Roles: Ophélie
52Ed ora a voi cantero Popularity:

Opera: HamletComposer: ThomasAct:

Type: ariaVoice: sopranoLanguage: French

Roles:
53O vin dissipe la tristesse Popularity:

Opera: HamletComposer: ThomasAct:

Type: ariaVoice: baritoneLanguage: French

Roles: Hamlet
54C'est en croyant revoir Popularity:

Opera: HamletComposer: ThomasAct:

Type: Voice: Language: French

Roles:
55Ai vostri giochi Popularity:

Opera: HamletComposer: ThomasAct:

Type: ariaVoice: sopranoLanguage: French

Roles:
56Vi voglio offrir dein fiori Popularity:

Opera: HamletComposer: ThomasAct:

Type: ariaVoice: sopranoLanguage: French

Roles: