Hamlet was commissioned by Glyndebourne and is the work of composer Brett Dean and librettist Matthew Jocelyn. The world premiere production by director Neil Armfield debuted at Glyndebourne Festival 2017, before being revived with a new cast for the 2017 Glyndebourne Tour.
Sir John Tomlinson, who performed a trio of roles in the new opera’s premiere, was presented with the prize by Bryn Terfel at an event in London yesterday (1 July).
The South Bank Awards celebrate 12 categories across the arts, including theatre, comedy, dance and opera, as well as visual art, TV, pop and classical music.
It is the third consecutive year that Glyndebourne has been shortlisted in the Opera category, and the third time it has won the prize since the award’s introduction in 2000. The previous wins were for Graham Vick’s production of Debussy’s Pelléas et Mélisande and David McVicar’s staging of Handel’s Giulio Cesare.
A live recording of Hamlet is available on DVD and Blu-ray from the Glyndebourne Shop.
Watch a selection of extracts from Hamlet: