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(Thomas). Lib. by Michel Carré and Jules Barbier; 5 acts; f.p. Paris 1868, cond. Georges Hainl.

Denmark: Soon after the death of her husband, the King of Denmark, Gertrude marries his brother, Claudius. Her son, Hamlet, loves Ophélie (Ophelia), sister of Laërte (Laertes) and daughter of Polonius. His father's ghost tells Hamlet that he was murdered by Claudius and asks Hamlet to avenge him. Hamlet instructs a band of strolling players to enact a play about the murder of a king. The performance upsets Claudius and Hamlet accuses him of a similar crime and snatches the crown from him. Occupied by the worry about his father's murder, Hamlet refuses to marry Ophélie who, driven mad by his rejection, drowns herself in a lake. Laërte blames Hamlet for his sister's death and they are about to fight when Ophélie's body is carried in. Hamlet is determined to kill himself.

Subjects: Opera.


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