Hampson in June 2014
Poster for the premiere
Harriet Smithson as Ophelia (1827)
Alexandre Dumas, père
Cover of the piano-vocal score of Thomas' Hamlet (1868)
Jean-Baptiste Faure as Hamlet; by Édouard Manet in 1877
Christine Nilsson as Ophélie
Rehearsal for the 1875 revival at the Palais Garnier
Act 2, scene 2: setting by Charles-Antoine Cambon for the original production at the Paris Opéra (Salle Le Peletier)
Nellie Melba as Ophélie, by Henri Gervex
Mignon Nevada as Ophélie

Hampson's operatic repertoire spans a range of more than 80 roles, including the title roles in Mozart's Don Giovanni, Rossini's Guillaume Tell and Il barbiere di Siviglia, Thomas' Hamlet, and Tchaikovsky's Eugene Onegin.

- Thomas Hampson

In his review of the recording with Thomas Hampson as Hamlet, Barrymore Laurence Scherer says "Thomas captures Hamlet's shadowy malaise in both vocal line and somber accompaniment ... The intimacy of the recording provides Thomas Hampson with ample opportunity to make the most of the relationship between words and music..."

- Hamlet (Thomas)
Hampson in June 2014

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