Nightly Met Opera Streams
Available for 20 hours starting Wednesday, May 5, 7:30 pm
Metropolitan Opera Website
Ambroise Thomas’s Hamlet is a prime example of the grand opera tradition that flourished in Paris in the 19th century—a genre that enthralled audiences with grand choruses, elaborate ensembles, and magnificent staging that provided the framework for sensational vocal solos. Although many details of Shakespeare’s play were unavoidably altered or omitted in this adaptation, the story of a prince whose resolve to murder his stepfather is frozen by doubt and conflicting impulses translated well to the musical stage. Ophélie’s madness provided the composer with an opportunity to create one of the most riveting scenes for coloratura soprano, and the music for the title character maintains a dramatic intensity that made the role a favorite vehicle for the leading baritones of the time.
All “Nightly Met Opera Streams” will begin at 7:30pm EST and will remain available via the homepage of metopera.org for 20 hours. The homepage link will open the performance on the Met Opera on Demand streaming service. The performance will also be viewable on all Met Opera on Demand apps. Due to unprecedented demand and web traffic, we recommend you access the stream through the Met Opera on Demand apps for Apple, Amazon, and Roku devices and Samsung Smart TV.