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Romeo and Juliet, Hamlet, A Midsummer Night's Dream: William Shakespeare's plays and poetry have inspired everything from artwork to movie adaptations. Find out which composers took inspiration from the great playwright, creating some brilliant classical music in its own right.
A lesser-known Hamlet adaptation, with a very faithful libretto written by a devoted Shakespeare scholar, Arrigo Boito. Composed by the conductor Franco Faccio, the piece was successful upon its premiere, but after a failed revival in 1871 where the lead singer lost his voice, Faccio withdrew the piece and it was never performed again in his lifetime.
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