Marlis Petersen

Marlis Petersen : Marlis Petersen - Hamlet's mad scene - Pâle et blonde

German soprano Marlis Petersen as Ophélie singing "Pâle et blonde" in Hamlet's mad scene. Metropolitan Opera, March 24th, 2010

And people, although I admit that Marlis' voice in less than perfect, I think it's really unfair to compare her with Dessay. Dessay has been singing this role for years now, she's an amazing Ophelie, but what Marlis did was also pretty amazing. I mean, she just sang it once before, and then stepped in a production she didn't know, with a cast she didn't know. So please, be realistic. I was there on March 30, and I think she did a pretty good job, even better than this performance. It was very interesting to see an other way to embody this role after what Dessay did, and I really enjoyed it.

Conductor: Louis Langrée
Ophélie: Marlis Petersen
Gertrude: Jennifer Larmore
Laërte: Toby Spence
Hamlet: Simon Keenlyside
Claudius: James Morris