Folger Theatre Presents Hamfest: Hamlet in Voice and Verse
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In Florencia in the Amazon, a famous opera singer embarks upon an enchanted riverboat journey up the famous South American river in a tale inspired by the magical realism of Nobel Prize-winning Colombian author Gabriel García Márquez (Love in the Time of Cholera). Along the way, the opera's female lead, Florencia Grimaldi, hopes to track down her long-lost lover, but her fellow travelers are beset by storms and become carried deeper into the rain forest, guided by a mystical river creature. The first Spanish-language commission by a major U.S. opera company, Florencia in the Amazon features a shimmering, romantic score by Daniel Catán and a libretto by Marcela Fuentes-Berain. Two-time Grammy Award-winning American soprano Christine Goerke takes the starring role in this Washington National Opera premiere. Learn More
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This was a lovely event, at which the the performers playing Hamlet and Ophelia/Ophelie in the Folger Theatre and Washington National Opera's productions of Hamlet (the latter by Ambroise Thomas), along with other staff, discussed the play and opera and performed excerpts. The discussion was interesting and at times very funny; the erudite Folger representative described Hamlet in Jane Austen-ish terms, as a play in which people love each other but are never able to say so. The Folger's young actors did an outstanding job, and it was marvelous to see opera sung--particularly the riveting mad scene--in the cozy confines of the Folger.
Shakespeare’s classic is explored in an evening of performance and discussion with the Hamlets and Ophelias from Folger Theatre’s Hamlet (actors Graham Michael Hamilton** and Lindsey Wochley) and from Washington National Opera’s concurrent production of Ambroise Thomas’ Hamlet (baritone Michael Chioldi and soprano **Elizabeth Futral). The discussion is moderated by David Schalkwyk, director of research at the Folger, and Christina C. Scheppelmann, director of artistic operations at Washington National Opera.
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