When Australian composer Brett Dean’s Hamlet had its world premiere at the Glyndebourne Festival in 2017, The Guardian declared, “New opera doesn’t often get to sound this good … Shakespeare offers a gauntlet to composers that shouldn’t always be picked up, but Dean’s Hamlet rises to the challenge.” On June 4, this riveting contemporary masterpiece appears live in cinemas, with Neil Armfield, who directed the work’s premiere, bringing his acclaimed staging to the Met. Many of the original cast members have followed, including tenor Allan Clayton in the title role. Nicholas Carter makes his Met debut conducting a remarkable ensemble, which also features soprano Brenda Rae as Ophelia, mezzo-soprano Sarah Connolly as Gertrude, baritone Rod Gilfry as Claudius, and legendary bass John Tomlinson as the ghost of Hamlet’s father. Libretto by Matthew Jocelyn.
Adult $25 | Senior (ages 65+) $20 | Student $10 (Prices include fees.)
If you’ve never been…
The Metropolitan Opera Live in HD is a series of live opera performances transmitted in high-definition video via satellite from the Metropolitan Opera in New York City to select venues, primarily movie theaters, in the United States and other parts of the world — including the CCA!.
Learn before you go!
We have wonderful volunteers who take their time to help others learn about opera. Members of the Collins Opera Outreach Committee, affectionately known as the COOCS, will provide informational sessions prior to the operas.
The talk for Hamlet will be on Wed., June 1 at Dirigo Pines at 4 p.m. This talk is open to the public and you’re invited to attend!