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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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BarcelonaHamlet - in concert

Hamlet - in concert
Thomas: Hamlet
Daniel Oren; Gran Teatre del Liceu; Diana Damrau; Géraldine Chauvet; Celso Albelo; Carlos Álvarez

ParisHamlet

Thomas: Hamlet
Louis Langrée; Cyril Teste; Opéra Comique; Ramy Fischler; Isabelle Deffin; Stéphane Degout; Sabine Devieilhe

QuebecLisette Oropesa, une cantatrice à l'Orchestre (Berlioz, Thomas, Schmitt)

Berlioz, Thomas, Debussy, Schmitt
Orchestre symphonique de Québec; Fabien Gabel; Lisette Oropesa; Le Choeur de l'OSQ
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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

Nathan Gunn  ©  M Sharkey Photography
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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Olivier Py’s uncertain Hamlet

Stéphane Degout (Hamlet) © Werner Kmetitsch
Ambroise Thomas’s Hamlet has riled and infuriated ever since its 1868 première, though for many it is merely an object of derision: one 1869 correspondent to the satirical magazine Punch admits not having seen the work but nevertheless disparages it as ‘Omelette’, a musical ‘burlesque’, and pillories Thomas’s fondness for drinking songs with the lines ‘To drink or not to drink? That
****1
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Les Siècles et Sabine Devieilhe : cette voix qui naturellement est âme

Sabine Devieilhe © Julien Hanck
À travers l’Orient fantasmé des compositeurs français, c’était un autoportrait vocal que nous offrait Sabine Devieilhe à la Philharmonie. 
*****
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Hamlet fait sa rentrée sur la pointe des pieds à l'Opéra de Marseille

Patrizia Ciofi (Ophélie) et Jean-François Lapointe (Hamlet) © Christian Dresse
L'Opéra de Marseille ouvre sa saison avec une production d'Hamlet d'Ambroise Thomas encore perfectible mais également pleine d'éléments positifs. 
***11
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