This dark and vigorous production was packed with excellent voices. The only drawback was the
Riverview UA staff who lowered the volume until asked to raise it, only lowering kt again after the i termission. They should have left it where the Met left it and there would have been fewer disgruntled patrons. If Fandango has any say, please tell them to leave the volume as it is!
What a treat! Great voices, good acting and a smooth, dynamic production. If this returns, it's a
I had no idea what to expect from Thomas' Hamlet, never having heard of the opera before. However, I
was truly surprised and impressed by the production and by the cast. It was a true 19th century gothic melodrama( replete with a semi naked ghost) that only vaguely resembled the Shakespearean play. But the music was dramatic and lyrical by turns and the drama played out intensely especially in the first half. Ophelia's mad scene was carried off with mastery by the German singer ( sorry I forget her name) who stepped in at two day's notice to replace Natalie Dessay (spelling?) . The second half tended to drag a little, maybe because it was so long, but on the whole I'd give it an A.
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