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The Shakespeare Conference: SHK 23.0229 Friday, 8 June 2012
Date: June 7, 2012 11:46:07 AM EDT
Subject: Hamlet Opera
Hamlet, the new opera in five acts by Nancy Van de Vate, will be broadcast internationally by Swiss Radio on June 8, 2012. American and Canadian listeners should go to www.swissradio.ch for the two-hour and 45-minute program, which will begin at 5:48 pm EDT.
The CDs of the opera are difficult to get in the US at this time but will be available soon from Arkivmusic.com.
This is a fascinating opera, one of the rare examples of an opera being shorter than the play on which it is based (akin to Levy’s Morning Becomes Electra). It focuses on the most important aspects of the plot, which it enhances with music. I have listened to the CDs several times, and I hear new and interesting things with each hearing.