Rescued from Obscurity: Franco Faccio's Intriguing 'Hamlet'


THE HIT SINGLE:  "To be, or not to be ..."

A big moment for Hamlet (tenor Pavel Cernoch) comes in Act Two.  With Claudius, Gertrude and Polonius watching in secret he sings the aria, "Essere o non essere" -- better known in Shakespeare's original as "To be, or not to be.”

THE B SIDE:  "Get thee to a nunnery!"

Just after Hamlet's famous monologue, he's confronted by Ophelia (soprano Iulia Maria Dan). She had thought the two were in love, and is upset that his feelings seem to have changed.  Hamlet, feigning madness, upsets her even further in their duet, with his entreaty, "Get thee to a nunnery!" -- in Italian, "Fatti monachella!"