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Franco Faccio: Hamlet from Bregenz Festival

This production “offers all an Italian-opera-lover could possibly desire” wrote the FAZ after the revival of this “forgotten gem” at the Bregenz Festival.

  • Franco Faccio: Hamlet | Copyright: © C Major Entertainment

    Franco Faccio: Hamlet © C Major Entertainment

  • Franco Faccio: Hamlet  | Copyright: © Karl Forster

    Franco Faccio: Hamlet © Karl Forster

  • Franco Faccio: Hamlet  | Copyright: © Karl Forster

    Franco Faccio: Hamlet © Karl Forster

The festival continued its rediscovery series with "Amleto/Hamlet", an opera by Verdi contemporaries Franco Faccio and Arrigo Boito, based on Shakespeare’s tragedy Hamlet.

Premiered in 1865 in Genoa and restaged in 1871 at Milano’s La Scala, “Hamlet” was only revived in 2014 concertante in the US before its “triumphal rebirth” (Deutschlandradio Kultur) at the Bregenz Festival, where the opera was also recorded for the first time ever.

Faccio, who conducted the first performance of Verdi’s Aida in Italy and the world premiere of Otello, and Boito, Verdi’s librettist of Otello and Falstaff, skillfully and effectively challenged the conventions of Italian opera, which they wanted to revitalize by infusing it with the spirit of Shakespeare’s drama. Anticipating the musical language of later Italian verismo composers, the opera combines lovely musical interludes with superb vocal writing.

Heading a supreme cast, Pavel Cernoch as Amleto delivers superbly, “using his colorful tenor skillfully to develop the transformation of the insecure youngling to the ice-cold avenger” (NZZ) and “granting the work large scale” (Abendzeitung).

Under the baton of Paolo Carignani with the Vienna Symphoniker and Prague Philharmonic Choir “it carried terrific punch (The Telegraph)”.

"There is a lot of exciting music to discover in this opera…What an amazing richness in ideas! This opera is worth to be rediscovered.” (SZ)

“Faccio’s opera is the one that should be performed, and if plans are not already afoot to bring it to the land of Shakespeare, they certainly should be.“ (The Telegraph)

English title Hamlet
Original title Amleto
Genre Opera
Recording location Bregenz Festival 2016
Production Company ORF III, Unitel and ORF Vorarlberg, in cooperation with Bregenz Festival
Composer Franco Faccio
Orchestra / Band Wiener Symphoniker
Conductor Paolo Carignani
Choir Prague Philharmonic Choir
Libretto Arrigo Boito
Soloist Pavel Cernoch, Claudio Sgura, Iulia Maria Dan, Eduard Tsanga, Dshamilja Kaiser
Duration 145 minutes

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