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Composer: Thomas, Ambroise (1811-1896)

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Year of birth1811
Year of death1896
NationalityUnknown
PeriodRomantic
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HamletMignon
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BerlinHamlet (konzertant)

Hamlet (konzertant)
Thomas: Hamlet
Yves Abel; Deutsche Oper Berlin; Florian Sempey; Diana Damrau; Ève-Maud Hubeaux; Philippe Talbot

MunichMignonNew production

Mignon
Thomas: Mignon
Pierre Dumoussaud; Christiane Lutz; Operastudio of Bayerische Staatsoper; Christian Andre Tabakoff; Natascha Maraval; Sarah Gilford; Mirjam Mesak
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Thomas’ Hamlet in concert at the Liceu

Diana Damrau © A. Bofill

Ambroise Thomas’ Hamlet in concert in the Gran Teatre del Liceu in Barcelona is enthusiastically conducted by Daniel Oren.

****1
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Degout and Devieilhe star in Hamlet revival

Sabine Devieilhe (Ophélie) and Stéphane Degout (Hamlet) © Vincent Pontet
Hamlet lives! Ambroise Thomas' operatic take on The Bard has a particularly French ending but that doesn't spoil this terrific revival in Paris. 
****1
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Brownlee and Spyres: so much more than vocal jousting

Michael Spyres and Lawrence Brownlee © Ronald Knapp
Top tenors Lawrence Brownlee and Michael Spyres dared to duel at the Concertgebouw. Both emerged victorious, and not just because of the volley of sensational top notes.
****1
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Sickly sweet: Ambroise Thomas' Mignon

Fine soprano performances from Ruth Jenkins-Róbertsson and Victoria Simmonds can't save Ambroise Thomas's inanimate object of a plot. Thank goodness Wagner saved us from more of the same. 
**111
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Nathan Gunn rules the stage in Washington

When I heard that Nathan Gunn was opening Washington National Opera’s 2012-13 season Celebrity Series, I could not be more excited. Indeed, this American baritone, known in the musical world as “the opera divo”, represents everything that today’s opera fans look for in a singer: a beautiful voice, first-class acting, an appealing physique and of course, a great sense of humor.
****1
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