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S50 Ep4

Great Performances at the Met: Hamlet

Premiere: 11/6/2022 | 00:00:30 | Closed Captioning Icon

Experience this contemporary opera based on Shakespeare’s masterpiece directed by Neil Armfield and composed by Brett Dean. Starring Allan Clayton in the title role, mezzo-soprano Sarah Connolly as Gertrude, and baritone Rod Gilfry as Claudius.

About the Episode

Nicholas Carter makes his Met debut as conductor of this contemporary opera based on Shakespeare’s masterpiece directed by Neil Armfield and composed by Brett Dean. The opera first premiered at the Glyndebourne Festival to critical acclaim with many of the original cast members returning to reprise their roles at the Met, including tenor Allan Clayton in the title role, mezzo-soprano Sarah Connolly as Gertrude, and baritone Rod Gilfry as Claudius. Soprano Brenda Rae stars in this production as Ophelia. Great Performances at the Met: Hamlet premieres beginning Sunday, November 6 on PBS (check local listings). Soprano Christine Goerke hosts. The New York metro area premiere is Sunday, November 13 at 12 p.m. on THIRTEEN. The broadcast concludes season 16 of Great Performances at the Met.

Cast:

  • Allan Clayton – Hamlet
  • Brenda Rae – Ophelia
  • Sarah Connolly – Gertrude
  • Rod Gilfry – Claudius
  • John Relyea – Ghost of Hamlet’s Father
  • Aryeh Nussbaum Cohen – Rosencrantz
  • Christopher Lowrey – Guildenstern
  • David Butt Philip – Laertes
  • William Burden – Polonius
  • Jacques Imbrailo – Horatio

Creative:

  • Christine Goerke – Host
  • Nicholas Carter – Conductor
  • Matthew Jocelyn – Libretto
  • Brett Dean – Composer
  • Neil Armfield – Production
  • Ralph Myers – Scenic Designer
  • Alice Babidge – Costume Designer
  • Jon Clark – Lighting Designer
  • Denni Sayers – Movement Director
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PRODUCTION CREDITS

Great Performances at the Met is produced by the Metropolitan Opera in association with PBS and The WNET Group, bringing the best of the Metropolitan Opera into the homes of opera fans across the country. Hamlet is a Glyndebourne production and is directed for the screen by Gary Halvorson. For the Met: Mia Bongiovanni is Supervising Producer and Louisa Briccetti and Victoria Warivonchik are Producers. Tim Martyn is Music Producer and Peter Gelb is Executive Producer. For Great Performances: Bill O’Donnell is Series Producer; David Horn is Executive Producer.

UNDERWRITERS

Corporate support for Great Performances at the Met is provided by Toll Brothers. For Great Performances, funding is provided by  the Anna-Maria and Stephen Kellen Arts Fund and The Philip and Janice Levin Foundation.

TRANSCRIPT

♪♪ To be ♪♪ You know Shakespeare's immortal 'Hamlet.'

♪♪ Or not to be ♪♪ Now it's Brett Dean's and Matthew Jocelyn's highly acclaimed opera featuring all the characters -- ♪♪ Hamlet, Ophelia ♪♪ -- in this ages-old tale of royal murder and marriage and revenge.

Look for Allan Clayton and Brenda Rae in 'Hamlet,' the epic opera on 'Great Performances at the Met.'

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