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Carson Kievman

HAMLET Soundtheater/Opera

For More Information on HAMLET Opera: http://sobearts.org/HAMLET3OPERA.html Pulsing, provocative and multidimensional, this contemporary take on Shakespeare's classic was legendary theatrical producer Joseph Papp's final commission before his death 20+ years ago. The work was originally planned to be presented at the Delacorte Theater in Central Park, however, because of Joe Papp's death soon after the work was complete in 1991, Hamlet was never produced, until now. "The 21-year journey to the stage of Carson Kievman's opera Hamlet took an important step forward with the premiere of a staged concert version on Friday night at Kievman's SoBe Institute of the Arts in Miami Beach." "Hamlet's solo monologues are poignantly emotive, the beautiful arioso writing dramatically powerful... the ghost scene is wonderfully eerie... Horatio's final goodnight sweet prince is lyrically potent." "Kenneth Mattice was a charismatic Hamlet, his fine lyric baritone spinning the often unaccompanied solos effortlessly. Unhinged from the onset, Mattice's prince seemed doomed with every step and utterance. Megan Brus nearly stole the show as Ophelia with her flawless coloratura and compelling portrait of emotional disintegration." "A strong theatrical crescendo builds from the confrontation of Hamlet and Ophelia through the play within a play and Ophelia's haunting mad scene. Indeed one of Kievman's major accomplishments is turning the usually nondescript character of Ophelia into a strong dramatic persona." "Elegantly costumed by Angelina Esposito with lighting by Robert Perry that alternates bright glints of color with shadowy effects, Kievman's production effectively utilizes the entire space of the Little Stage Theater, aisles and entrances included. A well-drilled cast presented the score in its best light." Lawrence Budmen, The Miami Herald / South Florida Classical Review 3/3/12
For More Information on HAMLET Opera: http://sobearts.org/HAMLET3OPERA.html Pulsing, provocative and multidimensional, this contemporary take on Shakespeare's classic was legendary theatrical producer Joseph Papp's final commission befo...
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