The headline story for Glyndebourne in 2017 was the world premiere of a brand new opera, based on Shakespeare’s Hamlet. The work, commissioned by Glyndebourne, was created by composer by Brett Dean and librettist Matthew Jocelyn and staged by director Neil Armfield.
The opera was a huge hit with audiences and critics, both at the Glyndebourne Festival and later in the year when it was revived with a new cast for the Glyndebourne Tour. In March 2018, the opera was presented at the Adelaide Festival, where Neil Armfield is Artistic Director, and enjoyed similar acclaim.
The breakout impact of the opera has generated an array of award nominations and wins, including:
- Best Opera at the 2018 South Bank Sky Arts Awards
- World Premiere of the Year at the 2018 International Opera Awards, as well as Best Conductor for Hamlet conductor Vladimir Jurowski
- Individual awards for Hamlet stars Allan Clayton (Male Singer) and Vladimir Jurowski (Conductor) at the 2018 RPS Music Awards. The opera was also shortlisted in the Opera and Music Theatre and Large Scale Composition categories
- Best Opera at the 2018 Helpmann Awards which recognise distinguished artistic achievement and excellence across the performing arts in Australia. Prizes also went to Neil Armfield (Best Direction of an Opera), Allan Clayton (Best Male Performer in an Opera) and Lorina Gore (Best Female Performer in a Supporting Role in an Opera)
Watch a selection of extracts from Hamlet:
A live recording of the Glyndebourne Festival production of Hamlet, starring Allan Clayton, Barbara Hannigan, Sarah Connolly and John Tomlinson is available to buy on DVD and Blu-ray from the Glyndebourne Shop.