january 7 - april 11 2018|hamlet |20 venues in the netherlands | production with opera2day
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Based in The Hague, OPERA2DAY is a performing arts company that focuses on the production of opera and music theatre. OPERA2DAY takes an enthusiasm for the tradition of opera and embeds it within the time and setting of the modern day (‘2day’). Thereby, it aims to win the hearts of a broad range of audiences for the genre of opera and to expand the development of the life of opera in The Hague and the surrounding region.
In 2016-2017, the New European Ensemble performed Dr. Miracle's last illusion with Opera2Day. A performance that was – as the press said – ‘spectacular’ (de Volkskrant) and 'a hit' (Theaterkrant).
As its successor Opera2Day and the New European Ensemble now bring Hamlet, the 'grand opéra' by Ambroise Thomas based on Shakespeare’s masterpiece. For generations of opera buffs it was a milestone in opera repertoire. Not so strange, as Hamlet is a dream role for every baritone and Ophélie was given one of the best insanity scenes ever.
The masterly music is a revelation to both opera and Shakespeare enthusiasts. A mix of film and opera brings us deep into Hamlet’s mind, which becomes increasingly confused by memories, suspicions, and visions, resulting in his tragic death.
After its première in Paris in 1868 – exactly 150 years before 2018 - the opera Hamlet was one of the most performed for decades, as one of the vast parts of the repertoire. Until 1919, for example, the opera was staged 153 (!) times in the Koninklijke Schouwburg at The Hague, mainly an opera house in those days.
Close on 100 years later the Dutch companies OPERA2DAY and the New European Ensemble base their musical interpretation on the scores and parts of these performances, which they unearthed from the archives.
New European Ensemble is supported by Fonds Podiumkunsten (from 2017) and the city of The Hague