The production of Hamlet at the Minnesota Opera this season is remarkable. Not only does it feature a gorgeous set and top-notch orchestra accompaniment, but the director, Thaddeus Strassberger has outdone himself with the incredible interpretation of Shakespeare’s classic tragedy. The opera is a classic, aria-laden wonder with commanding performances by Brian Mulligan as Hamlet and Marie-Eve Munger as Ophelia. Mulligan and Munger do more than just sing their lines with resonant emotion; they take the stage by storm with an incredible range of emotion. The tone of the opera ranges from the jubilant celebrations of a chorus of commoners who have thrown off a ruthless dictator to the tawdry stumblings of a drunk (with rage and booze) Hamlet to a showcase of the rapidly-eroding sanity of the delicate Ophelia. I have seen many interpretations of Hamlet over the years, including the Royal National Theater Company’s production at the Guthrie a decade ago. This is the most dynamic, resonant and virtuosic rendition of the Danish tragedy that I have ever seen, and it doesn’t hurt that it’s set to a beautiful score. In addition to the usual crowd of bloggers, tweeters and graphic artists at the preview this evening, we were joined by 350 high schoolers from around the Metro area who were totally enthralled (what more do you have to say?). This is an opera that is truly not to be missed.
Hamlet will be performed at The Ordway now through March 10, 2013.
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