Joseph Summer: Hamlet

Joseph Summer: Hamlet

NV6396 (Navona Records, CD, 3 discs)

FIRST RELEASE (22 April 2022)
Tracks: 13 + 17 + 15
Booklet pages: 0
℗ 2022 Navona Records
© 2022 Navona Records
Main country of recording: Bulgaria
Reviewer: Giuseppe Pennisi
Review of Joseph Summer: Hamlet published on 27 July 2022

Omar Najmi (Hamlet)
Brianna Robinson (Ophelia)
Kevin Thompson (Polonius)
Evan Bravos (Claudius)
Michelle Trainor (Gertrude)
Katherine Pracht (Horatio)
Neal Ferreira (Laertes)
Melanie Forgeron (Player Queen)
Joseph Hubbard (Player King and John the Gravedigger)
Dobromir Momekov (Rosencrantz)
Teodor Petkov (Guildenstern)
Maria Anastasova (Will)
Andrey Mitev (Child)
Edward Vere (Prologue)
Emil Zhelev (Priest)
Eftima Evtimova, violin
Plamena Velichkova, cello
Bozhena Petrova Ivanova. piano
Jose Antonio Higueras Lopez, horn
The Choir of The State Opera - Ruse
Ruse Symphony Orchestra
Leo Hussain, conductor

Joseph Summer:

Hamlet (an opera)


Act I


Act II



Recorded 9-14 June 2021 at the Philharmonic Hall, Ruse, Bulgaria.

Navona Records presents Hamlet from Joseph Summer. In this installment of the Shakespeare Concert Series, composer Joseph Summer brings us along to Elsinore with The Bard's classic play in an all new setting complete with the lyric integrity of Shakespeare's words in a contemporary musical arrangement. Performed by Bulgaria's State Opera Ruse orchestra, choir, and selected Bulgarian soloists with nine international soloists singing the lead roles, the celebrated revenge tragedy bursts with a new modern flair while keeping the spirit and riveting narrative of the original alive.