Credit: Melissa Carpenter

William Dazeley will join the cast of Brett Dean’s new opera Hamlet, based on Shakespeare’s celebrated play of the same name. Glyndebourne’s first commission in nearly a decade, the work premiered at the 2017 festival, receiving critical acclaim, and was deemed as ‘the operatic event of the year’ in The Sunday Times.

William sings the role of Claudius, alongside David Butt Philip in the title role, Rupert Charlesworth as Laertes and Jennifer France as Ophelia. Glyndebourne’s tour orchestra will be conducted by Duncan Ward, and the production by Australian director Neil Armfield.

Hamlet opens on October 21 at Glyndebourne, with further performances in Canterbury, Norwich, Milton Keynes and Plymouth. Later this season William returns to Opera North to reprise the title role of Don Giovanni, and will sing the role of the Count in Garsington Opera’s Capriccio.