Afternoon at the Opera


Reproduction of photo of Franco Faccio during the time of “Amleto” original La Scala production in 1871

Franco Faccio during the time of “Amleto”

From the Southwest Opera website

There have been many successful operatic adaptations of Shakespeare, including such masterworks as Verdi’s Otello and Falstaff.

However, it was thought there was no credible adaptation of the Bard’s most famous play.

Until now.

For the last ten years, Opera Southwest Artistic Director Anthony Barrese has worked to bring back to life the lost work of the composer Franco Faccio and his better-known librettist Arrigo Boito. Faithful to the original Shakespearean text, even including an aria Essere o non essere (to be or not to be), this is a once-in-a-lifetime production.

More information on the Southweat Opera Amleto project.