The Ghosts of Hamlet

Around the myth of Hamlet, fragments of lost and found operas

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The Ghosts of Hamlet

Around the myth of Hamlet, fragments of lost and found operas

Giuseppe Carcani
« Segui ad amar costante »
From l’opéra Ambleto (Venise, 1742)

Francesco Gasparini
« Cinto d’amiche rose un dì crescea »
From l’opéra Ambleto (Venise, 1742)

Francesco Gasparini
Sinfonia en 3 mouvements
From l’opéra Ambleto (Venise, 1742)

Georg-Friedrich Handel
« Tu indegno sei dell’allor »
From l’opéra Ambleto (Londres, 1712)

Giuseppe Carcani
« Più fido non poss’io »
From l’opéra Ambleto (Venise, 1742)

Francesco Gasparini
« Nella mia sfortunata prigionia » 
From l’opéra Ambleto (Venise, 1705)

Domenico Scarlatti
Sinfonia en ré mineur

Domenico Scarlatti
« Nella mia sfortunata prigionia »
From l’opéra Ambleto (Rome, 1715)

Carlo Francesco Pollarolo
« D’ire armato il braccio forte »
From l’opéra Ambleto (Londres, 1712)

Francesco Gasparini
« Stelle voi, che de’ regnanti »
From l’opéra Ambleto (Venise, 1742)

Johann Adolf Hasse
Sinfonia en sol mineur (Édition de Paris, 1740)

Giuseppe Carcani
« Son sdegnato e son geloso »
From l’opéra Ambleto (Venise, 1742)

Francesco Gasparini
« Tromba in campo e spada in guerra »
From l’opéra Ambleto (Venise, 1742)

Roberta Mameli, soprano
Le Concert de l’Hostel Dieu
Franck-Emmanuel Comte, harpsichord and musical direction
Paolo Vittorio Montanari, musicology and edition

On stage:
1 soloist, 14 instrumentalists (strings, oboe, bassoon, theorbo, harpsichord)

The legend of Prince Hamlet, as told in Gesta Danorum of Saxo Grammaticus, served as the basis for Shakespeare's tragedy. But it also inspired a number of Italian operas of the 18ᵉ century. One thing these operas have in common: they are all lost! It was the meticulous research and restoration work of musicologist Paolo Vittorio Montanari that enabled us to come up with this totally original project based on fragments found in various Italian libraries. This previously unpublished music by Scarlatti, Gasparini, Carcani and Vignati is mainly inspired by two female characters revolving around Hamlet: the romantic Veremonda (whom Shakespeare calls Ophelia) and Hamlet's mother Gerilda (Gertrude), torn between love for her son and passion for her cold, unfaithful husband.

Roberta Mameli, a charismatic and passionate soprano, interprets these different figures who inspired Scarlatti and his contemporaries to write expressive, brilliant and charming arias. As well as the pleasure of discovering these completely new musical gems, this project will transport you into the exciting, ambiguous and fascinating world of Hamlet, whose ghosts will enliven this lovely stroll through a rediscovered baroque Italy.

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CALENDAR

23 Jul 2024

Châtillon-sur-Seine Musical Week
Church of Saint-Vorles
The Ghosts of Hamlet

15 to 28 Feb 2025

European tour
The Ghosts of Hamlet

6 to 21 March 2025

North American tour
The Ghosts of Hamlet

May 2026

European and American tour
The Ghosts of Hamlet

CD recording in April 2024 for Arcana/Outhere
Album release: January 2025

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