Joseph Summer brings us along to Elsinore with The Bard’s classic play in an all new setting complete with the lyric integrity of Shakespeare’s words in a contemporary musical arrangement. The celebrated revenge tragedy bursts with a new modern flair while keeping the spirit and riveting narrative of the original alive.


voice, chorus, orchestra


approximately 3:22:00

Number of Pages (Score)


Page Format

Digital PDF (8.5 x 11 inches)


Joseph Summer

Year Completed


Audio Sample

Act I

  1. Prelude
  2. Though yet of Hamlet our dear brother’s death
  3. And now, Laertes
  4. O, that this too too solid flesh
  5. Hail to your lordship
  6. My necessaries are embarked
  7. Oh my lord, oh my lord
  8. And with his head over his shoulders
  9. By heaven, it is as proper to our age
  10. Interlude
  11. Angels and ministers of grace defend me
  12. My liege, and madam to expostulate
  13. Welcome dear Rosencrantz and Guildenstern

Act II

  1. Prelude
  2. I have heard that guilty creatures sitting at a play
  3. Did he receive you well
  4. Can you, by no brief circumstance
  5. With all my heart
  6. You are welcome
  7. To be or not to be
  8. My lord, I have remembrances
  9. Interlude
  10. The Mousetrap – How fares our cousin Hamlet
  11. So many journeys
  12. He poisons him in the garden
  13. Thoughts black, Hands apt
  14. What a Piece of Work is Man
  15. My lord, the queen would speak with you
  16. He will come straight
  17. What will thou do


  1. Prelude – To my sick soul
  2. Tomorrow is St. Valentine’s Day
  3.  Well, not so secret
  4. This nothing’s more than matter
  5. Interlude
  6. There is a willow
  7. Horatio, when thou shalt have overlooked this
  8. Interlude
  9. In youth when I did love
  10. Lay her in the earth
  11. Hamlet, hamlet
  12. Windum, windum
  13. Give me your pardon, sir
  14. Follow my mother
  15. I die, Horatio – Now cracks a noble heart

An Inside Look

Joseph Summer gives an inside look into his early days of writing opera

Performance Photos

Photos from the premiere performance of Hamlet at the Dohodno Zdaniein in Ruse, Bulgaria

Studio Journal

A series of anecdotes and stories surrounding the operatic adaptation of Hamlet from the PARMA Recordings blog.

July 6, 2021

Summer shares his connections to Bulgarian culture and the early stages of this project.

August 24, 2021

While producing a full-fledged opera in a few months time makes for quite the tale, so do the stories of coincidence and curiosity behind the curtain.

September 24, 2021

Summer shares curious coincidences and remarkable moments of providence surrounding his time in Eastern Europe.

November 12, 2021

An inside look at the evenings in between the productions, and the bounds Summer would go to make sure his singers were well rested.


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