Bregenz shocks festival world with an unknown Hamlet

Bregenz shocks festival world with an unknown Hamlet


norman lebrecht

November 18, 2015

The lakeside festival is taking a huge risk next summer with Hamlet by Franco Faccio (1840-91), premiered in Genoa in 1865 and revived six years later at La Scala.

Its only subsequent production was by Opera Southwest at Albuquerque, in 2014.

UPDATE: The rediscovery is the work of conductor Anthony Barrese, who will lead a new production at Delaware in May, ahead of the Bregenz staging.


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Faccio (c) Lebrecht Music&Arts

Bregenz Intendant Elizabeth Sobotka has loved the score since she was a student. The title role will be sung by Pavel Cernoch, a tenor from Brno. Details were announced today.

Bregenz’s other big show is Turandot.

Puccini’s, since you asked.


  • Nigel says:

    A very welcome kind of shock. It will be fascinating to see and hear this, especially as Amleto has a libretto by Boito.

  • urania says:

    Why shocked? Why a huge risk? This is Bregenz tradition since David Poutney started with unknown operas/new composition in the Festival House. Just copying a successful tradition, the new Mrs. who does dislike Wagner

    Alfred Wopmann – the famous Bregenz Artistical Director for 20 years – did start the serie ‘Ausgrabungsopern’ – I have seen all since 1993 but will skip Ameleto this year.

  • Anne Midgette says:

    I reviewed the concert performance in October, 2014. I look forward to seeing the staged production in Delaware this spring.

  • Furzwängler says:

    Thank you for this, Mr Lebrecht. I must confess that I had never heard of Faccio; however based on this music clip of the funeral march from Hamlet he is definitely worth reviving.