Vocal score / Piano reduction for Ophelias - Death By Water Singing (2006-2007) - Chamber Opera in 13 Scenes. Libretto by Cecilie Løveid.
Commissioned by Opera Vest (Den Nye Opera), Bergen.
Score available: WH31029
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The Danish chronicler Saxo's Amled myth lies behind the famous Hamlet by Shakespeare, the story about a hero avenging the murder of his father the king. Saxo depicts Amled as mad - but is Shakespeare's Hamlet mad, or is he playing a role? To test Hamlet, a 'date' is arranged with Ophelia.
Hellstenius has chosen to view things from her perspective and the opera begins at the moment when she drowns herself in the stream. We look back at her experiences - falling in love with the unstable Prince Hamlet; her anticipation of becoming a queen; their rendezvous in the forest, her ensuing pregnancy and his betrayal.