30 Jan

Psychological opera thriller ‘Hamlet’

OPERA2DAY will present Hamlet, a ‘grand opéra’ and an unparalleled psychological thriller by Ambroise Thomas, in the Koninklijke Schouwburg on 17 and 18 January and again on 30 and 31 January.

The French composer based his masterpiece on the play of the same name by Shakespeare. For generations of opera buffs it was a milestone in opera repertoire. Not so strange, as Hamlet is a dream role for every baritone and Ophélie was given one of the best insanity scenes ever. OPERA2DAY presents a compact version in which Hamlet’s shadowland is penetrated using a mix of opera and film.

After its première in Paris in 1868 the opera Hamlet was one of the most performed for decades. Until 1919, for example, the opera was staged 153 times in the Koninklijke Schouwburg, mainly an opera house in those days.

Close to 100 years later the Dutch companies OPERA2DAY and the New European Ensemble base their musical interpretation on the scores and parts of these performances, which they unearthed from the archives.


The performance lasts for about 2 hours, not including an intermission after the second act.


The performance is sung in French and supertitled in Dutch and English.

More information

‘Hamlet’ will be performed at 19.30 hrs. on Wednesday, 17 January, Thursday, 18 January, Tuesday, 30 January and Wednesday, 31 January in the Koninklijke Schouwburg (Korte Voorhout 3) in The Hague.

Tickets costs between € 10.00 and € 32.00 and can be purchased through the ticket shop of the Koninklijke Schouwburg.

More information about the production can be found at www.opera2day.nl.