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Watch the trailer for the new Opus Arte DVD release of Brett Dean's opera Hamlet, premiered to acclaim at the 2017 Glyndebourne Festival.

The starry cast is led by Allan Clayton in the title role, with Barbara Hannigan, Sarah Connolly, Rod Gilfry and John Tomlinson. Vladimir Jurowski conducts the London Philharmonic Orchestra and the production is by Neil Armfield, also seen on the Glyndebourne UK tour in autumn 2017 and at the Adelaide Festival in March 2018.

Brett Dean’s colourful, energetic, witty and richly lyrical music expertly captures the modernity of Shakespeare’s timeless tale, while also exploiting the traditional operatic elements of arias, ensembles and choruses. Matthew Jocelyn’s inspired libretto is pure Shakespeare, adhering to the Bard’s narrative thread but abridging, reconfiguring and interweaving it into motifs that highlight the main dramatic themes: death, madness, the impossibility of certainty and the complexities of action.

Released: 29 June 2018
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