Ambroise Thomas


Salle Favart

from 16
to 29 December 2018


17 December 2018 8.00 pm

19 December 2018 8.00 pm

21 December 2018 8.00 pm

23 December 2018 3.00 pm

27 December 2018 8.00 pm

29 December 2018 8.00 pm

All dates


0 825 01 01 23 (0,15 €/min)


135, 125, 97, 75, 50, 30, 16, 6 €

18 December 2018

18 December 2018

Extracts from Hamlet

Louis Langrée and Cyril Teste chose one of the most beautiful scores of the French repertoire to explore Hamlet’s intimacy, thanks to the presence of a camera which plays its role in real time. With Stéphane Degout in the title role and Sabine Devieilhe as Ophelia to a score by Ambroise Thomas. A rare opera to be discovered until 29 December 2019 at Salle Favart! Read more  

01 December 2018

Hamlet trailer

Everybody knows the great classic of English literature Hamlet by Shakespeare, but do you know Ambroise Thomas’s operatic version? For the 2018 Christmas season the Opéra Comique offers you to discover this forgotten masterpiece conducted by Louis Langrée and staged by Cyril Teste, combining opera, theater and cinema. Read more  

26 November 2018

Opera in five acts. Libretto by Michel Carré and Jules Barbier after Shakespeare. Premiered on 9 March 1868 at the Opéra (Salle Le Peletier).

Hamlet refuses to attend the coronation of his uncle Claudius who has married his recently widowed mother the queen. The late King Hamlet already seems to be forgotten in Elsinore, which smarts young Hamlet even more than his being kept away from the throne. The apparition of his late father on the ramparts will precipitate him into a destructive quest for truth.

From the adaptation of Shakespeare’s version by Dumas, Barbier and Carré wrote a romantic and spectacular libretto in which Ophelia shines with a peculiar radiance. With its virtuosic arias, arresting ensembles and vivid orchestra – and the appearance of the saxophone – Ambroise Thomas composed one of the finest scores of the French repertoire.

Louis Langrée is one of the great promoters of Hamlet, Stéphane Degout one of its most resonant incarnations. Sabine Devieilhe makes her debut in the extraordinary role of Ophelia and Cyril Teste stages and puts into perspective this metaphor for the power of drama.



Music direction, Louis Langrée
Staging, Cyril Teste

With Stéphane Degout, Sabine Devieilhe, Laurent Alvaro, Sylvie Brunet-Grupposo, Julien Behr, Jérôme Varnier, Kevin Amiel, Yoann Dubruque, Nicolas Legoux

Choir, Les éléments
Orchestre des Champs-Élysées


Music direction Louis Langrée

Staging Cyril Teste

Scenery Ramy Fischler

Costumes Isabelle Deffin

Lights Julien Boizard

Video Mehdi Toutain-Lopez, Nicolas Dorémus

Hamlet Stéphane Degout

Ophelia Sabine Devieilhe

Claudius Laurent Alvaro

Gertrude Sylvie Brunet-Grupposo

Laertes Julien Behr

The ghost Jérôme Varnier

Marcellus, second gravedigger Kevin Amiel

Horatio, first gravedigger Yoann Dubruque

Polonius Nicolas Legoux

Choir Les éléments

Orchestra Orchestre des Champs-Elysées

New Production Opéra Comique

Co-production Beijing Music Festival, MXM Collectif

Before the show

  • Presentation of the production 45 minutes before the performance.
  • Sing Hamlet 45 minutes before the performance.
  • Meet the artists of the production on Tuesday 18 December at 7 pm

Running time

3 hours 20 minutes, including intermission

Doors open Opera200 min End of the event

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