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Composer: Thomas, Ambroise (1811-1896)

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Year of birth1811
Year of death1896
December 2018
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New York CityJupiter Symphony Chamber Players: French Treats

Gossec, Thomas, Fauré, Debussy
Ilya Itin; Xiao-Dong Wang; Abigel Kralik; Maurycy Banaszek

BarcelonaHamlet - in concert

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

HerfordAbschlusskonzert philharmonic open 2019

Tchaikovsky, Sibelius, Thomas, Strauss R., Navarro
North West German Philharmonic; Theo Wolters; Johannes Hofmann; René Schrader

BerlinHamlet (konzertant)

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

ParisHamletNew production

Sabine Devieilhe (Ophélie) and Stéphane Degout (Hamlet) © Vincent Pontet
Thomas: Hamlet
Louis Langrée; Cyril Teste; Opéra Comique; Ramy Fischler; Isabelle Deffin; Stéphane Degout; Sabine Devieilhe
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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. 
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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.
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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. 
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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.
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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
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